REVIEW OF THE 1st EDITION:
There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been written about this book. The glowing reviews are well-deserved. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Devil's Advocate: "1) It isn't inexpensive, and 2) it is way too complicated."
-1) You'll save youself a LOT of money.
I followed the author's EASY steps in chapter XI - "Practical Aquarium Setup and Maintenance" (it's barely over 10 pages long!) and - voilÃ ! I now have aquarium plants (even more difficult ones) THRIVING - not merely surviving or slowly rotting! This may come as a shock to those who've spent a lot of time and money trying to replicate the look of the Dutch or Takashi Amano aquariums (myself included.) But really, all that aquarium plants need is light and - even more importantly - a proper substrate! You don't need to have more equipment than a hospital!
-2) It doesn't HAVE TO be complicated. I simply followed the few, simple, easy steps in chapter XI. Although the underlying mechanisms of the aquarium ecosystem are fascinating, they undeniably are complicated. But you don't need to read the book in its entirety: as the author states, "In order to make the scientific studies more relevant to hobyists, I have interspersed the text with typical or actual 'Questions and Answers.' These Q & A, plus practical discussions at the end of chapters, show how the scientific information applies to hobbyists' aquariums."
So, if you adhere to the "K.I.S.S." (keep it simple) philosophy, this book is for you, and your planted aquarium (that includes the fish) will thrive - even if (like me) you read only chapter XI and the Q & A boxes.
P.S. The book's website...shows pictures of her aquariums.