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Looks neat. Does the plastic wrap stay on the top all of the time?

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Looks neat. Does the plastic wrap stay on the top all of the time?
Thanks. No, just while I am acclimating it, which I am doing slowly. In the winter though, with the dry heat in the house, I may need to cover it 24/7.

Update coming, including a nice timelapse video of me doing some maintenance on the tank.

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Okay, so I did a water change and pruning today. Here's what I did:

1.) Removed loose leaves/foliage
2.) Removed dead/browning leaves
3.) Filled water above the Wabi Kusa and siphoned out any remaining debris

This is a great way to conduct water changes with Wabi Kusa displays. I documented the process with some photos as well as a video. My cinematographic skills are sub-par, i.e., less than half that of my photography skills, but let me know what you think!

Video: http://youtu.be/TGwePWY3-u4



















Before maintenance:


After Maintenance:


I hope you guys enjoy the update and I'm looking forward to what everyone thinks of the video!

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That's a nice improvement! I can definitely tell the difference between the last update and this one. This is a really cool idea, and looks like it's turning out very nicely. The way you do maintenence is really creative, I would have never thought to clean it that way.

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That's a nice improvement! I can definitely tell the difference between the last update and this one. This is a really cool idea, and looks like it's turning out very nicely. The way you do maintenence is really creative, I would have never thought to clean it that way.
Thanks! The only thing about this method was that I did not take detailed photos of the Ludwigia's growth (and, well, all the plants' growth) before filling and draining; the added weight of the water weighted them down afterwards for photos. It's a very efficient method, though.

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Cool vid Kiran. I sub'd...
Thanks Frrok! Glad you like it

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Everyone, I'm going to be on AquaBotanics Radio Show today talking about Wabi Kusa! You should listen in because, for one, it'll be really fun, and two, I'm giving away a few free Wabi Kusa to those who call in!

The show begins at 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST and you can listen to it here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aquabotanic





I'm giving away one of each of those and then also a free pre-order on some WK Guy Glosso plant patties. Looking forward to the show!

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those are looking really good, bro.
ive farmed out a TON of emergent p. helferi to send you soon.
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I know you're all about these being emersed but I'm hopeful some people now see how great these arrangements can look while flooded.

A pile of them could look terrific in a shrimp tank or in a tank with some micro fish.
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I was planning to catch the show live, but I will be on that road during that time.

I love emersed grown plants. My emersed box is as much fun as my full on aquariums. However, I do agree with Somewhatshocked that they look great submerged. They would be great in a shrimp tank, or any tank for that matter. I think they are a very viable aquascaping tool.

Your setup is looking great Kiran, and good luck with the show today. I will be sure to download the Podcast next week.
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those are looking really good, bro.
ive farmed out a TON of emergent p. helferi to send you soon.
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I know you're all about these being emersed but I'm hopeful some people now see how great these arrangements can look while flooded.

A pile of them could look terrific in a shrimp tank or in a tank with some micro fish.
Not at all, I'm very open to the idea of doing Wabi Kusa submerged as well. Many of my customers have had great success with them submerged. I've got some amazing little Wabi Kusa bricks of HC and Glosso growing out.

You're giving me some ideas -- I just might flood this tank and use the Glosso bricks and these four Wabi Kusa as the only scaping materials. I'll make a poll.

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I was planning to catch the show live, but I will be on that road during that time.

I love emersed grown plants. My emersed box is as much fun as my full on aquariums. However, I do agree with Somewhatshocked that they look great submerged. They would be great in a shrimp tank, or any tank for that matter. I think they are a very viable aquascaping tool.

Your setup is looking great Kiran, and good luck with the show today. I will be sure to download the Podcast next week.
That's a shame! Oh well, it's not like football or something where you'll miss out if you don't see/hear it live...

Okay, I might do this submerged. It might be a little more maintenance but could look pretty awesome -- plus, there would be no need to worry about the humidity issues!

Thanks for the compliments, I hope you enjoy it whenever you're able to listen to it!

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I rescued this salamander today from my pool. It's only being kept in here temporarily; I would have brought it across the street to the lake/pond today if it weren't all muddy with all this rain. Hopefully I can do so tomorrow.



On another note I am now certain I will be converting this setup to a submersed Wabi Kusa scape. It will contain these Wabi Kusa in addition to some Glosso patties.

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That salamander is cute. lol
Haha, I completely agree!

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