NEW 4th EDITION has gone GLOBAL!

‘Ecology of the Planted Aquarium’ (4th Edition, 2023) is now available as an affordable paperback to hobbyists overseas (Britain, Italy, Japan, etc.), not just to those in the U.S. While there is a different–and maybe prettier– cover for Amazon-printed books, all BTPS-printed books, eBooks, and Amazon Kindles contain the same material. This is a long-awaited improvement, because shipping a printed book overseas is prohibitively expensive.

Amazon-Printed Paperback for 4th Edition (2023) of 'Ecology of the Planted Aquarium'
Amazon’s Cover for Fourth Edition (April, 2023)

New Fourth Edition (2023)

I am thrilled to announce launch of the 4th edition (2023) of ‘Ecology of the Planted Aquarium’.  Print version (paperback, 228 pages) and eBook versions are now available from my distributors (BTPS) or this website’s shop page.  Amazon is carrying the Kindle version, and as of 5/16/2023, the paperback is available on all Amazon websites, both in the USA and overseas. (Note: Amazon-printed book has a different cover, but material inside is the same!) New edition has the same low-tech, low-maintenance approach of previous editions, plus new material based on science, experience, and hobbyist input. 

New Fourth Edition (2023) of Ecology of the Planted Aquarium

2023 Shrimp Bowls

One of my Red Neocaridina Shrimp (RCS)

I am displaying bowls with Neocaridina shrimp for the Raleigh Aquarium Society’s annual workshop.  I set up two 1-gal bowls with shrimp taken from my guppy breeding tanks.  I used a 7.5 watt reptile heating pad to keep bowl water temp at a nice warm 74F for good plant growth.  (Winter house temp is 65F.)  Shrimp article on my aquarium page here describes setup for bowls. Lighting for red shrimp’s bowl is 13 watt CFL.  For blue shrimp’s bowl, I have a 3 watt LED desk lamp plus window light.

My Blue Dream shrimp crawling on the heating pad

            For first 1-2 weeks I have had to change 80% of water almost every day to remove ammonia and nitrites. (The 2 cups of potting soil was probably too fertile; I probably should have diluted it with sand.)  Most important for shrimp health, I only use aged aquarium water from the guppy tanks for water changes. [The DOC (dissolved organic carbon) in aged aquarium water protects the shrimp.]  I don’t need or use the drip method, but I when I pour water into the bowls, I always use a small cup to block the water’s force.  That way, the incoming water does not disturb the soil layer.

Bowl for Red Neocaridina Shrimp (RCS)


Bowl for Blue Neocaridina Shrimp

The RAS workshop [March 24-26, 2023, Raleigh, NC (USA)] will have native fish collecting, talks by fish, plant and shrimp experts, an auction, shrimp judging contest, banquet, etc.  I have been going for decades. Later in the year, I’ll revise my shrimp article based on what I learn at the workshop from a shrimp expert (Robert Lupton) and from setting up these new 2023 bowls!

Aquarium Keeping Ideas

A major Real Estate company, Redfin, included me in their blog article ’14 In-Home Aquarium Ideas….’.  I am honored that they chose me as their expert on planted tanks.  Article promotes home aquaria and provides an overview of aquarium keeping with web links to other experts.

Potted Plants for Fish Tanks

Fish Breeding without Pumps and Filters

My new article ‘Potted Plants for Fish Breeding Tanks’ describes maximizing plant growth so that I can keep 10 fish breeding tanks without any filters. Keeping plants “mobile” (i.e., in pots) makes it doable. I measured no NH3, no NO2- and almost no nitrates in the 10 tanks over the course of several months.