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The Aquatic Gardener – Volume 21 Volume 3 (Jul –Sept 2008)

Posted in Book/ Magazine Reviews on September 24, 2008 by Bhushan Dalvi

The Aquatic Gardner (TAG) is a quarterly journal published by the Aquatic Gardener Association, Inc. I received my copy of TAG in the first week of August, 2008. As you can see from the picture above the cover page has a beautiful picture of blooming Cryptocoryne albida by Karen Randall. Her article in this issue of TAG is probably what got me to finally start an emersed cryptocoryne set-up. As always this issue of TAG has some great articles for aquatic plant enthusiasts.

The issue starts off with some aquatic plant news. The most interesting piece of information was about a charity started by Wilma Duncan called “The Cause”. This charity provides fish, plant and related equipments to children, the elderly and the disabled. You can find more information about this at

Next is a quick overview of Interzoo 2008 in a nice article by Ole Pedersen. Interzoo is the Europe’s largest pet fair. It happens every second year in Nuremberg, Germany. This fair is not open to general public so getting a little idea of all the new upcoming products in our hobby from manufactures like ELOS and Dennerle is great. The featured plant for this issue is Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides. Cavan Allen provides some great tips on growing this uncommon Hydrocotyle Sp.

Now the column I almost always wait for, the article by Takashi Amano translated by Tomoko Schum. This time Mr.Amano talks about Nature Aquariums for Cyprinids. The article has some beautiful pictures of his set ups using Cyprinids as the highlighted family of fish in the layout. Mr.Amano highly recommends use of a good amount of water flow for layout with Cyprinids.

In search of Cryptocoryne albida by Karen Randall comes next. Karen has done a great job in this article talking about her journey to Thailand to find this Cryptocotryne sp. There are some good details and pictures of the typical biotopes in which these Cryptocotryne are found. Last but not the least is a good article on big aquarium by Steen Erik Jansen. He discusses his successes and failures in maintaining a 2000 Gallon aquarium.