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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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On my way out of the Goodwill Outlet World yesterday, I spied a really cool shallow bowl in a wooden stand. I couldn't resist, so I yoinked it for a whole $1.50! The second I saw it, all I could think was, "WABI KUSA!!!"

After several hours of researching, I decided to create my own substrate brick (I want a larger base to plant into). I had some old Shrimp Stratum left over from a tank, along with some root tabs and a big hunk of moss that dried out when I was out-of-town a couple of years ago. I found a disposable food container that was the perfect size. I reconstituted the SS, smushed it up, then packed it really tightly into the container. I mixed in the Osmocote Plus in to bolster the most likely depleted used SS. Now it's in the freezer so I can easily wrap it up in the moss. Here is a list of the supplies I have or have used for this:
  • Bowl
  • Fluval Shrimp Stratum
  • Container for forming substrate brick
  • Dried moss to bind brick in
  • Cotton thread
  • Osmocote Plus
  • Skewer
  • Assorted plant clippings
  • Live aquatic moss
  • Plastic wrap
  • Misting spray bottle

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 04:10 AM
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I wonder if you'll have issues with the substrate balls muddying up the water? I'm trying out some wabi-kusa at the moment using only sphagnum moss balls with a couple of rocks in the center, no other additives. Nutrients come via a spray bottle. Seems to be working so far, but early days yet.
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I wonder if you'll have issues with the substrate balls muddying up the water? I'm trying out some wabi-kusa at the moment using only sphagnum moss balls with a couple of rocks in the center, no other additives. Nutrients come via a spray bottle. Seems to be working so far, but early days yet.
So far, so good. I wrapped it really tightly in a layer of moss. The only "spill-over" I've gotten so far is where a bit of moss tore, so I just patched it up. I read up a lot and am hoping this method will work! We shall see. ;-) I'd love to hear more about your experiences with your method, too! I'm wanting to create a low-maintenance wabi kusa for my husband's office, so the moss balls you used might be less messy.
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Added some Fissidens to the side below the L. brasiliensis last night. No pics tonight -- too tired. Will add photos over weekend... things are holding on okay!
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Looks good. I'm digging the bowl too! Any updates?

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Hey! Thanks! I've had some die-out of stems, but I think that's to be expected since a lot of them were submersed. I've added some DHG and a couple more stray stems. I'll get some pics tomorrow, if I have time. I also added an IKEA Jansjo light, which seems to be helping a lot. I have to exchange it, though -- it's been flickering in a rather nerve-wracking manner.

My husband and I made some fun wabi kusa last weekend using 4x4 blocks of rock wool that we "carved" into balls and then wrapped in sphagnum moss. They actually seem to be doing better than the soil-based one in this bowl. I'll also take pics of them. I kinda dig the ease of planting into them, too.

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I'd like to try that myself sometime.

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It's a lot of fun! The rock wool may not be traditional, but it sure is easy! I was able to pick up a pack of 6 4x4 solid cubes for about $5 at my local hydroponics store and shape them with utility scissors. I ordered the sphagnum from Amazon -- if you go that route, be sure to get the long-strand. The stuff I got was a PITA to wrap and bind.
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