I’m as amateur as they get in the hobby. But even for me this book was too basic. Most of the books highlights various famous aquascapers. The last quarter of the book has some information on different plants / fish that work well in planted aquariums. I was hoping it would be a comprehensive guide on aquarium plants. But it has lots of nice looking pictures and makes for a nice coffee table book :)
For me, this book is more about the pictures and ideas for layout. In the beginning there is a nice essay about the history of early aquariums, fish keeping and appreciation of the value of keeping plants with fish. The details on how to setup different styles of planted tanks is not thorough. It is more of a picture/coffee table book. You'll learn more by watching youtube videos (which you probably do if you know about aquarium coop). Another great resource for inspiration and diagrams of the aquarium layout is https://tropica.com/en/inspiration/. I don't think Tropica is a competitor to Aquarium coop because they sell product in EU. But their 'inspiration' page is somewhat like this book, and a great resource to get ideas about how to layout your upcoming tank and is similar to the level of detail this book provides. I found the book, that inspiration section of tropica and youtube helpful for picking out what plants I wanted to buy. It could be great resource for you to plan your upcoming tank too.
I have taken much more knowledge than ever expected from this guide! I am now confident in the information I read about the plants, and aquatic life we keep. This is a perfect gift for that person who is into freshwater. Treat yourself even, get one while you can!
Received Aquascaping guide by S.Hummel and C. Lukhaup great for beginning aquascapers. The pictures were beautiful and so inspiring. The information was very helpful and enjoyed the step by step instructions. I really liked the glossary of different aquatic plants and suitable fish. Great addition to any library........
Really nice stuff, totally worth the purchase. I wish there were more tips & tricks, though.