Hi all! Just wanted a place to post/share my attempts at wabi-kusa.
Don't have photos for a step-by-step but I'll list materials and instructions that I used/followed for making these. This method is pretty much a combination of methods that I found on various wabikusa threads which I'll link when I find them.
Any kind of aqua soil (in this case I used azoo plant grower)
long fibered sphagnum moss
moss (of your choice, I used java)
pincettes (makes the planting part easier)
plastic bag for molding the soil
and of course, plants!
Mix aqua soil and peat moss. 1/5 Peat moss and 4/5 Aqua soil. I mixed in peat moss so the wabi kusa could retain more moisture on the inside.
Put desired amount into a plastic bag, moisten it a little and shape it, making sure to pack it really tightly so it doesn't fall apart when you take it out (this part is tricky. You just gotta feel for when it's safe to take it out without it falling apart)
carefully wrap the long fibered sphagnum moss around it and secure it by tying it down with cotton thread. Moistening the moss would make it easier to stick to the wabi-kusa
Wrap moss around it and secure the moss using more cotton thread.
Moisten the wabi-kusa some so it's easier to start planting
start planting! Using pincettes, poke a hole into the wabi-kusa and insert the stem/root/whatever making sure not to damage it in the process
Here are some of the wabi-kusa I have attempted:
The glosso/marsilea/hydrocotyle wabi-kusa today:
Ludwigia glandulosa for submerged growth:
Lysimachia nummularia 'aurea' for submerged growth:
Ludwigia repens(? correct me if i'm wrong here) for submerged growth
Depends on the plants you use and how well-acclimated they are to emersed conditions. I used plants that I had adapt to emersed conditions so they didn't need to stay very humid. I keep them in bowls/containers and leave a few inches of water for the ball to soak up.
Some plants, even those that can grow emersed, will always need very humid conditions like crypts/anubias. So if you want to make these, you should pick plants that suit the conditions you'll be keeping them in!
ruuuey, these are beautiful! It looks like we use a very similar approach. I got rid of mine this Spring, but I'm getting the itch again.
I've never kept wabis submersed in a tank before. Do these types of wabi balls cloud the water in a tank?
I find that if the wabi's aren't moved after they settle in the tank, they do not cloud the water. The wabi kusa that I've thrown in the tank seemed to have loosened a lot... so if I move them, the water tends to get cloudy for a while.
Main reason why I made wabis for submerged growth was so I could move the bunches of plants around (during initial setup of the tank) to see how they looked in a given position vs having to plant them over and over again.
You should totally make wabis again, and then post pics! :P