Diana Walstad’s “The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium”
By Micah Moen
What up fishtank people? Fishtanktv.com, Dustin’s fish tanks on a Monday.
I want to bring it to you today. People have been asking me about some good books to check out and I’ve got one. It’s near and dear to my heart and I kind of want to talk about it.
So this book here is big for me. It is “The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium”. It’s written by Diana Walstad, and it is well, you can read it.
It is a tree stay for the whole aquarium.
For me, this is where dirt began. And a little background on this book: I first found this book when I was like 14, and I was looking up information on aquariums. What I did was I went to the library and I found it, and I opened it up and I was looking for pictures and this book has no pictures, so it’s definitely not made for a 14 year old. I almost thing it’s a college level book, maybe a senior in high school.
I didn’t pick it back up for quite a long time until after I got out of school.
It’s all about dirt. Everything you want to know. I mean, it’s allelopathy, it’s plant wars, it’s out of control algae. It’s more then I’ve ever given anyone on a video. I mean it’s very, very detailed scientific names. It’s very, very super, it’s as scientific as you can get. I mean it’s not an easy read.
I’m sharing this because I got this book on 3-5 of ’08. I made a little note to myself. I ordered this book, kind of a personal note, but I ordered this book when I got myself published in the aquatic gardeners magazine for the first time, so that’s kind of a big deal for me.
I bought this book, and it really started the whole dirt thing for me. I mean, it was just, how to do dirt. Everything, and it’s very, very, very, very like this is just a picture of a grain of sand vs. a piece of clay and how clay is better, so.
I’m promoting this book and I think it’s really worth checking out. It’s Diana Walstad’s book “The Ecology of the Plated Aquarium” and the reason that I’m talking about this today is that I woke up this morning with a really, really horrible email. My man Shane, I don’t talk to the dude as much as I used to, but he’s holding it down on fishtanktv. He said there had been an email from Diana Walstad on my channel. I’ve tried to meet this woman. I’ve tried to find her at conventions, I know people who know her, I’ve asked about her. It’s big for me, it really is, it’s big. It’s big to know who Diana Walstad is. So I get this email that says someone had put a copy of Diana Walstad’s book on fishtanktv.com and she was threatening to pursue legal action. Shane removed it and it’s all good. By the way, I think I know who did it, so don’t be doing it!
But I was really, really, really taken back by that. I almost did a video at 5:45 this morning. Just cause I was like Oh no. Not that I was worried about being sued, but I was just offended. Kind of like violated like one of the prophets that I think of with planted aquariums and dirted tanks. So I was really hurt, as it was someone I’ve always wanted to meet, look up to and admire. And I don’t know if any of you have tried to write a book, but it’s hard shit. I mean you have to sit there and bust it out. I’m one of the worst, but it’s very, very difficult. And to have that book online is like a very violating thing being available for free.
So I was all bummed out, like all day about this. Just eating me. Shane removed it, thank you bro, I appreciate it. By the way, your peacocks are looking sick over there. He removed it and I shot her an email that said basically that I’ve been looking at your stuff since I was 14 years old and I really, really dig your work and it’s the essence behind you know 500 videos and, I’m converting a whole lot of people to dirt. She was a big reason for it.
And I really beat myself up over it.
But there’s a silver lining. She actually emailed me back and I said look I’m really sorry and she emailed me back and she was actually pretty cool about it. Diana, if you are watching this, I appreciate you being cool about this, I really do feel bad about that. And I really think you guys should take the time and opportunity to pick up her book. I mean, look, I’m writing a book. My book is not going to hold a candle to hers.
If you want to get it, go to atlasbooks.com. “Ecology of a Planted Aquarium”. Not a lot of pictures in it, but so, so filled with detail. I mean, you want the scientific version of it, like Amano’s got the good looking tanks in all of his books but her book is just ridiculous.
If you guys could do me a favor. If you guys are members of fishtanktv.com, can you look up Diana Walstad on there and give her some credit and say thank you cause I’ve kind of just taught all the methods I’ve learned. I haven’t done the research. I simplify a lot of what she says. So drop her a note, look her up. Diana Walstad on Fishtanktv.com. Diana, if you are watching this, go to fishtanktv.com and read all the comments people are going to say to you, cause it’s a big deal. You’ve done a lot for the hobby. I’m sorry if I offended you in any way. Thank you for being cool about it. All you rookies out there, it’s all dirted and looks sweet, definitely go and send her a message on Fishtanktv, who knows, maybe we will get some good feedback.
So that’s really it, got a lot of plant orders going out. Kind of excited about it. Ton of them are combos too by the way, all of them are combos, almost all of them are combos. So that’s what’s up. Diana Walstad touched my site, so that’s cool. Sorry for the reason she had to actually come there, but yea, that’s what we’re doing. Taiwan plants looking good too though by the way.
That’s what’s up fish tank people.