Title: THE DISCUS in the Community Tank
By Bernd Degen
Book Review by Davis Gailitis
This is one of the only books I have seen that goes into promoting a good
understanding of what it takes to keep Discus in a Planted Community
I found this book to be a great introduction to Discus in a community /
planted tank setup. It is a mix of good writing accompanied with good
pictures. The writing and information that is given is easy to understand.
There are many topics covered in this book some of which are: The
Amazonian habitat, differences between natural and aquarium water,
descriptions of the four different species of wilds, photo examples of
Turquoise, Brilliant Turquoise, Red Turquoise and Solid Turquoise, setting
up a planted Discus community tank, overview of plants for a Discus
aquarium, and compatible species of fish. Also covered is proper care and
breeding. Lots of photos with captions under them, detailing what the
photos show. Degen's Ten golden rules, not bad, I should keep reading
these over and over again.
Over all on a scale of one to ten I would give this book a six. As stated
above, the pictures and descriptions given of the Amazon habitat are worth
buying this book alone and that is why it is still on my shelf becoming
ragged with good use. The pitfalls are sometimes too noticeable, this book
is published by Tetra-Press and their products and theirs alone are
mentioned through out. Makes me wonder if Mr. Degen was cringing at the
same time he was accepting his check.
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