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Hmm, I did plant a couple ludwigia stems, but they were more on the side. I guess a side shoot could have grown straight up from inside. At some point I guess I should actually try to learn some names instead of relying on everyone here. Haha.

Yeah, it's definitely growing a lot all of a sudden. The glosso is really reaching though, so I think I do need to increase my light after all. My desk lamp says 13w max, so I need to find a new fixture first. Maybe one of the smaller Zoo Med domes or something.
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Hmm, I did plant a couple ludwigia stems, but they were more on the side. I guess a side shoot could have grown straight up from inside. At some point I guess I should actually try to learn some names instead of relying on everyone here. Haha.

Yeah, it's definitely growing a lot all of a sudden. The glosso is really reaching though, so I think I do need to increase my light after all. My desk lamp says 13w max, so I need to find a new fixture first. Maybe one of the smaller Zoo Med domes or something.
Home Depot sells those LED screw in bulbs that use minimal power but produce much better PAR ratings and ALOT less heat. If needed, you could lower the desk lamp to get more intensity too.

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you inspired me, but I flooded mine.

I have a bad feeling the ball of clay under there is going to explode! lol! keeping my fingers crossed I am wrong!
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Home Depot sells those LED screw in bulbs that use minimal power but produce much better PAR ratings and ALOT less heat. If needed, you could lower the desk lamp to get more intensity too.
Thanks for the idea. I actually went today to check them out, but ended up not getting one because the color temp was 5000k and I was afraid it would look too yellow. I'm going to check Lowes this week or look online and see if I can find one in the 6500k range.

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I have a bad feeling the ball of clay under there is going to explode! lol! keeping my fingers crossed I am wrong!
Very nice! That's a cool jar. Is it actually flared out at the bottom or is that just from the camera lense?
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Time for a picture update. This thing is seriously growing. I don't know if I should trim the glosso or not.





The ludwigia has grown a lot, but it's actually reaching down and has lots of sideshoots. The backside has a "bald spot" so I added a couple nodes of marsilea minuta and a little clump of dhg belem. I want to add another stem or two, but I don't have any emersed growth right now to use.
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yes it flares, I found both vessels at the local thrift shop for 3 bucks each

the growth you've had is wonderful
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OMG Stacy, this is beautiful! It has really gone to town, look at that plush glosso What's your routine with misting, fertilizing, etc?

[EDIT] By the way, are you still using the 13W light or did you end up switching it out?
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It looks fantastic! I have to keep all my wabi kusa in an emersed covered setup submerged, because I can't keep up with misting so often.
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OMG Stacy, this is beautiful! It has really gone to town, look at that plush glosso What's your routine with misting, fertilizing, etc?

[EDIT] By the way, are you still using the 13W light or did you end up switching it out?
I haven't used any ferts at all, so just whatever was mixed in the clay. I think you said you added some osmocote? I think my flourite I have in the bottom was used, so there might have been some goodies in that too. I just mist twice a day with straight tap water and add a little extra water when the bottom looks dry. It gets some sun in the morning and then I run the light for around 12 hours. And yes, I'm still using the 13w cfl, but I keep it about 2-3" from the top of the glass.

I wish my tanks had growth like this! Haha.
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Yes, just a bit of Osmocote. Those are just stunning results. I can't get my current light that close to the top, but I have another I could use... I think I'll experiment

Thanks for sharing! I'll be posting an update this weekend.
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Yes, just a bit of Osmocote. Those are just stunning results. I can't get my current light that close to the top, but I have another I could use... I think I'll experiment

Thanks for sharing! I'll be posting an update this weekend.
I think you lied, I think it was STEROIDS. This is less than a week after the last photo:




The empty spot in the back is almost filled in with no assistance from me (the mm and dhg I added hasn't taken off yet). I'm so in love with this thing. I need to keep an eye out for a cool container to start another one or maybe just ask my husband for a little low iron cube or a Do Aqua plant glass for my birthday.
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My first wabi kusa w/ step by step pics!

I want one so bad I tried to buy one off the guy who RAOK'd yours. He is extremely nice, but ran out of materials lol.

Someday I'll do a little glass just like this

Yours is so beautiful. I find it much neater than struggling with ferts/co2 in a full on planted aquarium.

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Awesome progress! The stems you used, we're they being grown emersed? Or did you just pull them out of your tank?
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I want one so bad I tried to buy one off the guy who RAOK'd yours. He is extremely nice, but ran out of materials lol.

Someday I'll do a little glass just like this

Yours is so beautiful. I find it much neater than struggling with ferts/co2 in a full on planted aquarium.
If you're not lazy like I am it wouldn't be that hard to put together your own materials. Our soil here doesn't have the red clay like Scott sent me, so I'm thinking of trying the powdered clay you can buy at health food stores and then adding some dry fertilizer and enough water to make it the right consistency. Everything else is pretty easy to get together.

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Awesome progress! The stems you used, we're they being grown emersed? Or did you just pull them out of your tank?
The ones I added that didn't make it were just straight from my tank. The ludwigia that's growing I think hitchhiked in with the glosso, and unless I'm mistaken I think they were emersed.
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Stacy, this is beautiful! I'm very impressed with this. Keep up the good work I didn't THINK I sent you steroids, but maybe I did by mistake

Mark, I'm going to be redoing one of my wabis. I can get enough supplies together for both of us if you're still interested. Just send me a PM
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