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Gnod's wabi kusa #1

Special thanks to Scott for his inspiration and providing the many plants and information very generously. Please check out his journal here should you want to know how it started for me.

I don't know why I was so drawn to this particular..."scape". Something about the messiness and the beauty from it really drew me in. Call me a cheese ball but hey, I love it.

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I believe the "original" original ball consists of just rocks, and sphagnum moss. I was curious to see if there's any noticeable growth from mixing with some Aquasoil so that's what I did with this ball. As you can see, fishing line is used generously but I don't care about it being too visible. I'll be spraying 5 ml macro filled spray bottle daily just to encourage growth though.

I placed few lava rocks as the base so that the ball doesn't necessarily touch the water directly. I'm hoping that the moisture from covering the top of the bowl should be enough.

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Nice! What all plants did you include? Are they emersed growth?
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This looks great! You're taking a very different approach than I did (I keep the ball in direct contact with the water and don't cover the top). I'm curious to see how this changes growth, etc. I'm also curious how the AquaSoil impacts things. What macro solution are you spraying? Think you'll be making any more? Sorry for all the questions.
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Nice! What all plants did you include? Are they emersed growth?
+1 for what plants did you include?

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This looks great! You're taking a very different approach than I did (I keep the ball in direct contact with the water and don't cover the top). I'm curious to see how this changes growth, etc. I'm also curious how the AquaSoil impacts things. What macro solution are you spraying? Think you'll be making any more? Sorry for all the questions.
haha in short, yes! i'll def be making more. this was my initial test run late in the evening last night.

i want to first see how this set up performs. I may try a direct contact approach with a shallow tank I am considering getting. :P

I love this style of "scaping" if you can call it that. I forget what the exact make up of the macro solution was as someone else made it for me. Let me reach out to them.
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the plants I remember off the top of my head were:
glosso
stauro
marsilea minuta
Ludwigia arcuata

I used what I believe is mini Xmas moss as my base. I can't ever tell anymore which moss they are anymore.. lol

i didn't want to go overboard with the first ball. I'll be making more with other plants as I cultivate them a bit more.
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Thanks, that's some nice plants to start your first wabi with.

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No real photo worth update to show.

I think the plants are all transitioning right now to emersed growth so it may take few weeks. I remember when I used flame moss for an emersed setup, it took 2-3 weeks before it took off. That's likely right? I hope so cause then I suck at this thing. hahaha
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please excuse the iphone photo. had a quite.... long day.


the stauro is coming up nicely, and the mini xmas moss i'm thinking maybe was a mistake. it's growing rather slowly although it was in a transition period to emersed.

this emersed ball has really been testing my patience - some days i just want to dunk it in a bowl of water and call it a day.
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Is this where my aquasoil and moss went to? Anyway I love wabi kusas! I'm too lazy to look but are these still kept on decent to high humidity?

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Pretty cool. I'm thinking on getting on of these started one of these days

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Don't give up on the emersed growth! I keep my balls partially submerged in water, allowing the ball to wick water up without having to dunk the whole thing. Maybe give that a shot first? I really enjoy seeing a different growth habit of the same plants we're used to seeing. If you submerge the plants, it just becomes a small aquarium (which is still cool, mind you - I just think the emersed growth is cooler)
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Don't give up on the emersed growth! I keep my balls partially submerged in water, allowing the ball to wick water up without having to dunk the whole thing.)
Sorry, had to quote here and I know that it was not the original intent of your post, but this made me LMAO!
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Nice work Noah.

If you t- bag the ball, there wouldnt be a need to mist every few hours. then again sealing the top with saran wrap would seal in the moisture all the same.

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LOL!!! The funny thing is I usually make these types of jokes, nice catch

I can vouch that "tea bagging" alone is not enough to keep the humidity up. Plants like Rotala willichii dry out.
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