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12-28-2012 12:53 AM
styxx
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It does. If I didn't do that the rocks would be a lot more algae covered than they already are. Actually when you look very close, you can see the bottom half that hasn't had any direct excel treatment and it's noticeable more covered.
Wow. Well I had no idea...thanks to you and Frank for the tip!
12-26-2012 06:07 PM
mahko It does. If I didn't do that the rocks would be a lot more algae covered than they already are. Actually when you look very close, you can see the bottom half that hasn't had any direct excel treatment and it's noticeable more covered.
12-26-2012 05:42 PM
styxx
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Thanks styxx. To be honest, it ended up being too much of a hassle to clean them every week. And I could never really get them that clean so I stopped altogether. The otos and amanos do a decent enough job with it. I also drop Excel on the rocks at each water 50% water change. Let it sit for 5-10 min in open air. Got that tip from Frank Wazeter's threads.
OH wow does that really work, and if so how well!? Are we talking no scrubbing!? lol
12-26-2012 03:39 AM
mahko Thanks styxx. To be honest, it ended up being too much of a hassle to clean them every week. And I could never really get them that clean so I stopped altogether. The otos and amanos do a decent enough job with it. I also drop Excel on the rocks at each water 50% water change. Let it sit for 5-10 min in open air. Got that tip from Frank Wazeter's threads.
12-26-2012 03:35 AM
styxx I don't know if I've mentioned it or not before, but I love the decision to let the algae grow on the rocks. The pristine cleanliness of them before seemed, somehow "too clean" and now they look nicely aged naturally; nice composition so far!
12-19-2012 10:22 PM
orchidman
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it does! and very nice wabi kusa!

i just photographed mine, ill post them once i process through them!
check it out mahko! http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...188790&page=10
12-19-2012 09:48 PM
andrewss tank is looking great
12-19-2012 05:56 PM
orchidman it does! and very nice wabi kusa!

i just photographed mine, ill post them once i process through them!
12-19-2012 05:49 PM
mahko I always passed over it at the LFS thinking it only grew upwards. Looks like this one grows sideways too. I might add some to my 60cm tank if the HC keeps dying off. I think it makes a great semi-carpet.
12-19-2012 04:33 PM
orchidman
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I thought I saw someone use akadama inside a wabi kusa online. Turface is extremely similar, as well as cheaper ($20 for a 50 lb bag). I use it for bonsai as well and it seems to work great for that so I thought to give it a shot.

The hydrocotyle is taking well to the transition from submersed to emersed and the Rotala is starting to grow towards the light. This small project didnt cost much and I'm happy with the results so far.
thats what ive seen, as well as aquasoil. i didnt use anything in the three i did.. i may try using a bit of aquasoil now that i have it. we'll see.

its a great plant!! i used to have some but i stupidly sold it all i really wanna get some again, its great for all kinds of things!! i havent seen it for sale anywhere though
12-19-2012 04:14 PM
mahko I thought I saw someone use akadama inside a wabi kusa online. Turface is extremely similar, as well as cheaper ($20 for a 50 lb bag). I use it for bonsai as well and it seems to work great for that so I thought to give it a shot.

The hydrocotyle is taking well to the transition from submersed to emersed and the Rotala is starting to grow towards the light. This small project didnt cost much and I'm happy with the results so far.
12-19-2012 04:49 AM
orchidman fantastic! i like the way you have the tank in the background of the pics! i really like the hydrocotyle sib. I did much the same thing for mine, although i didnt use terface.
12-18-2012 11:46 PM
mahko
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lets see them!!!!!!
Here they are!

The ball is made from sphagnum moss wrapped around 2-4 marbles (for weight) and a small amount of Turface for water retention.

Plants are hydrocotyle sib., rotala indica, HC, DHG, and java moss. All wrapped with dark green thread. Lighting is a 23W CFL on for 12h/day.

I'd like to give a shout out to geniusdudekiran for inspiration. He has some great threads and even better pictures of his Wabi kusa.
12-18-2012 08:26 PM
orchidman
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I also started 2 wabi kusa yesterday. Might start a new thread on those.


lets see them!!!!!!
12-18-2012 07:58 PM
zergling
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I'll look into that, thanks. I haven't played around with stem plants in a while, so I might go that route with driftwood. I like the thick forrest-of-stems look that Amano always does.
Thick bushes of stem plants also involve similar repetitive work -- constant trimming make it grow "bushy". Just like with carpet plants, the thicker it gets, the bigger the chances of the bottom portions getting shaded and dying off.

The upside -- stem plants are usually just in "sections", and is MUCH easier to trim than any low carpet plant
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