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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 03:28 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

Pics to follow!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 05:10 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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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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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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