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Wabi - kusa I

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by JAL, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. JAL

    JAL New Member

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    Wabi - kusa I & II - Updated 15-Oct-11

    For long time I wanted to start wabi-kusa and few weeks back got some spare time to start my first wabi-kusa style of bowl. As it was trial and first attempt so half of the plants I used were collected from our backyard.

    Mosses in there are Star moss, mini fissiden (haven't started growing emmersed yet) and some other unknown native types.
    Aquatic plants are Nesaea Triflora, Crypt and frogbit( I will use large duckweed in future to see how it look compared to frogbit)

    Growing balls were made of clay, Canadian sphagnum moss and bit of old ADA soil.

    Few pics to share with everyone.

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    Cheers,Jag
     
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  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    nice attempt, please keep us update ;)
    hope more people will try wabi-kusa
     
  3. J House

    J House Moderator Staff Member

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    That looks great. Love the way the foreground is separate and on another level.
     
  4. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    It looks great. I have been strugling with building wabi's, mainly due to the fact that the plants melt at room humidity. Got some marsilea's and hygros going, but that is it.

    Good work dude.
     
  5. bogdan94

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    Nice setup, can you tell me please how do you keep humidity to higher levels?
     
  6. JAL

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    All these plants adjusted to the room humidity.
    I don't have to do anything special to maintain the humidity.
    If you want to grow some plants which do need humidity then you can cover your bowl/wabi kusa with a clear dome like you get in Hydroponic shops.
    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,Jag
     
  7. JAL

    JAL New Member

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    Hi Everyone.

    I did a quick check today (3-9-11) on my native moss bowl and one of them is growing really nice. Pic show below.
    Today is my free day after few busy weekends and also its nice and sunny in central coast so perfect time/mood to start Wabi Kusa II using this beautifull AUS moss...
    Shown below are step by step pics of this small setup.
    Enjoy and feel free to ask any question or comment.

    1) Native moss growing in special container.... :)
    This is a attractive looking moss which grows straight up and I will be using it more in future Wabi Kusa projects.
    In nature it grows thicker as compared to my setup.


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    2) Cleaned the bowl and added white sand as bottom layer. I wanted to use white as it will create nice contrast with green moss and also
    with the hardscape. Also white looks better in pics and brings out greens in Wabi Kusa.


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    3) Made Wabi Kusa ball using Peat Moss, Laterite and bit of old ADA soil. Covered the ball with moss which I collected from my backyard,
    it is some kind of native moss that can be found growing everywhere around my place. Haven't used it before but I am sure
    it should grow as long as given humid environment.
    Placed the patch of native moss shown in pic I and tied it with fish line. If you look carefully in the pics you can see the fish line.
    Duckweed is also added as a floating plant, it should fill in soon.
    Ball was placed in the container and ended up adding more sand to increase the height.
    Reason was that I wanted moss ball to be at higher level and come out of the bowl


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    4) Time to add some hardscape as bowl with only moss .... didn't look artistic and looks like something is missing.
    Had these nice nano tree driftwood lying around so though to give it a try and liked the way it improved the Wabi Kusa.
    Tried to use less driftwood and kept is simple.


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    5) To maintain the humidity I used Aqua One cube upside down. It improved the looks and I guess
    I will be using this style more in next few Wabi Kusa.This setup will be in
    my back yard and I hope it will survive :). I Will keep this thread updated with the progress.
    Hope you enjoy it as I enjoyed creating it....


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    Thanks
    Jag
     
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  8. JAL

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    Pics Update of Wabi Kusa II - Taken today
    I am really enjoying the different coloration shown by two moss variety used in this setup.
    Overall very happy with this low maintenance wabi kusa. I water it once a week for now but
    I think as we go more into summers I have to top up water more frequently.

    Enjoy the pics....

    Jag

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  9. Shadow

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    love your wabi kusa
     
  10. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    love it :proud:
    these nano pieces of driftwood look like manzanita, right?
    one more question, how is the soil kept in place? mesh or something like that?
     
  11. JAL

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    Thanks
    Yes those are manzanita.
    Soil was moist and easily turned into ball shape, then to keep it in shape I attached some moss around it and to keep everything together used hairnet to tie everything. On top of that used another layer of moss and tied it with fish line. Second layer to make sure in no case this moss ball collapses in future:)

    Regards,
    Jag
     
  12. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    nice:Happy:..i am tempted to try;)
     
  13. ghostsword

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    Yeah, the hairnet is really good, I have been using them for a while now.
     
  14. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Truely delightful!! I really like what you have done. Wabi kusa are great fun. Your presentation is beautiful as well. brilliant!---R
     
  15. JAL

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    Thanks Everyone for the good words :)
     
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    Awesome. I love that moss too!
    Great setup.
     

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