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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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My Wabi Kusa Paladurium

I've been reading a lot about shrimp tanks because we recently aquired a free complete 10 gallon setup and came across the very cool mini paludariums called Wabi Kusa. I just had to make one myself so I grabbed a nice glass container from Hobby Lobby (hint, the ones in my area have glass containers half off), some plants from local nurseries and moss from my favorite trail (NCR Trail just north of Baltimore).

I modified the substrate from the original Wabi Kusa models and went with a clay/coco fiber/moss substrate. I found a few good sized rocks as a base then added the substrate and planted. For the aquatic side, I laid a base of coco fiber, then a layer of fine gravel, and topped it with aquarium sand.

Once everything settles and the water stabilizes, I'm going to add some inverts, probably some cherry shrimp and snails. From what I've been reading, this should do fine with only minor water changes once everything is in place.

Now for the pics. The water is still cloudy as I took these only about an hour after adding the water in. I'll post more of the water section once it's cleared up

















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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 11:31 PM
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Nice! I like it. it'll be interesting to see how it all settles out once the water clears.
It looks like you've got a mix of tropical plants and collected, i would suggest waiting a few weeks before you add any shrimp as you may have some issues with plants not doing so well, the grass-like plant that is submerged looks like Mono Lily which is a terrestrial plant and probably wont do that well submerged for long periods of time.
I guess the rule of thumb would be wait and see, look for plants growing, new roots and clear water with stuff living in it before adding shrimp.
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Wow, that looks amazing! Thank you for sharing, that provides inspiration for me as I've been wanting to do something like it.
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This is awesome. What's that plant with the mottled green and silver leaves in the background?
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I really love this! Can't wait to see pictures with the water cleared up!

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Very unique, I like it.

How big is the container?
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-07-2012, 05:13 PM
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Where did you get the "bowl" at...I want one!
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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It is a mix of plants. The larger ones came from a local nursery and most didn't have the names so I'm unsure what they are. The ones planted in the water section are semiaquatics from Petsmart, The moss and a few others were wild collected of a hiking trail were I know no pesticides have been used. The water has cleared up a lot and I'll get some updated pics soon. I got the bowl at Hobby Lobby for $25. They currently have all their glassware at 50% off.
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So is that a "soil mount" where the plants are planted? And that is driftwood too right?

I am still completely amazed.
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The driftwood are only small pieces added to the "soil". It consists of kitty litter clay with coco fiber and sphagnum moss mixed together. I put a few large rocks in the bowl, and planted into the mix. I would push into the mix and create a planting area, then add in some loose planting soil before adding the plants. All of this was covered with several varieties of wild-collected moss.

The soil mix is very smushy. I should have used far more coco fiber and sphagnum compared to kitty litter. As long as I don't disturb it, everything should be fine. I only hope the water clears up soon.
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Thats nice.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 06:59 PM
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really cool! where did you find other wabi kusa examples to base yours off of?
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-17-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some updated pics. As you can see, the water is still very cloudy two weeks later. If you look closely, you can see a layer of clay that has settled on top of the sand. Also, you can see how some of the plants have dried and most likely aren't going to make it. Yet, there are others that have taken off. I'm seriously planning to tear down and rebuild this with something other than clay.

What do you think? Should I rebuild or let it go as an experiment?









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Sad to see that it was looking great I would just restart with better suited plants and maybe a new substrate
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-20-2012, 01:24 AM
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looks like something's been leaching from the substrate. i suggest doing a partial water change first and see if this clears up. dont give up just yet...
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