Planted Aquariums

Book Facts
Supplemental Articles
Interviews of the Author


Author’s 55 Gallon Aquarium with Plants and Rainbowfish

Ecology of the Planted Aquarium


by Diana Walstad

• Third Edition (2013)
• 194 pages, 8½” X 11” page size
• over 50 figures and plant drawings
• 46 tables
• 70 questions and answers
• hundreds of scientific references
• ISBN 978-0-9673773-6-0
• Retail: $37.50 (hardcover) and $19.99 (eBook)
Discount Price: $24.50 (hardcover) and $14.50 (eBook)


“I am delighted with the tack taken in which you provide scientific information for hobbyists to make sound aquarium management decisions.  I applaud the approach to educate non-scientists about their subjects; too often the scientific laypersons are greatly underestimated.  I was particularly pleased with the book’s total avoidance of ‘gadgets’ that are mostly quite useless.  The book’s ecosystem approach and balance of the system is the only reasonable direction long term.”

—ROBERT G. WETZEL, Professor of Biology and author of Limnology, the foremost reference book on aquatic ecology

***See for 255 additional reviews***


Peek inside the book to see its first 25 pages with color plates, title page, table of contents, first chapter, etc.

2018 Updating of Book (0.5 MB)

For the 11th reprinting, the author updated the lighting section of the book (both hard copy and electronic versions) with four replacement pages. Readers can download those pages here.

Author with Two Shrimp Bowls

Supplemental Articles

Nitrogen Uptake in Aquatic Plants

Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp 

Mycobacteriosis in Aquarium Fish 

Treating Fish for Camallanus and Other Nematodes

Parasite Surveys of Aquarium Fish 

Flukes and Sick Guppies 

Small-Scale Guppy Breeding 

Guppy Breeding: Genetic Pitfalls and Successes 

My 2019 Blue Grass Guppies

Interviews of the Author

Interview of Diana Walstad (2013),
by about her ‘Natural Planted Tanks’

Audio Interview (2015) at Aquarimax about her progression to natural planted tanks

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