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greenman857 03-04-2012 05:27 PM

Wabi Evolution (lots of pics)
Not sure where to post so I posted here and i journal hope that's OK?
While most of these are not as beautiful as the Japanese versions, I've really enjoyed experimenting with the concept and its great for producing little mini plant groups/habitats. They are grown in an aquarium with very high humidity. And they seem to adjust to full submersed very well.
One that has really started to fill in and mature
Just made

Several weeks later
Getting the hang of it
1 week
The above, grown on and then submerged for 2 weeks
Short cylinder

Coming up the Wabi globe

Kai808 03-04-2012 08:20 PM

Very Cool!

algarciajr 03-04-2012 08:34 PM

I am a planted tank noob, what is Wabi?

skindy 03-04-2012 08:41 PM

This is so awesome! I love how different and unique each little ball of growth is.

greenman857 03-04-2012 11:23 PM

oops sorry Wabi-kusa
This is a good link explaining it
Japanese google search
this one I made by tying plants around a rock with fishing line, some people use thread that will decompose

zachary908 03-04-2012 11:39 PM

Nice, I might experiment and make some with my Ranunculus Inundatus. What do you use for substrate?

greenman857 03-04-2012 11:59 PM

Yeah it seems to work really well for pushing or coddling plants along. I have one with some Utricularia graminifolia that I'm trying to get going. The high light really gets things growing and you never have problems with algae
Substrate is just muddy dirt I collected, which is part of the trick because you want a substrate that holds together but isn't too dense.

zachary908 03-05-2012 12:00 AM

I figured dirt would be a good substrate. However, when you go to place these into aquariums being dirt, does it cause issues? Breaking down and clouding the water?

greenman857 03-05-2012 12:21 AM

Well I guess the the trick is to let them grow emersed for a while allow the plant roots and moss to establish creating a "matrix" that doesn't get muddy.
When I first make the Wabi's and set them on thier shelf they do "leak" a little muddy water.

aweeby 03-05-2012 12:51 AM

Neat, a lot of people seem to be trying this out lately!
Check out this link.

greenman857 03-05-2012 01:13 AM

That's great, too bad I don't speak Italian.
It's interesting I haven't quite figured out the difference between Kokedama and Wabi-kusa. I believe that Wabi was coined by Amano but in fact they are/or could be considered Kokedama ?

And there a stores in Japan that have selling displays of Wabi-kusa!

aweeby 03-05-2012 01:36 AM

oh shoot, wrong link. There's a video in english... but i lost the link...

Yeah, there's a shop here called Aquascapes (I think manini on the forum here runs it) that sells them, or has a display at least. Super cool.

greenman857 03-05-2012 04:33 PM

Wabi globe
OK this is it the first step next a aquarium sized globe! Hopefully coming up
Hanging by a thread
From the top
And yes its underwater and has been for 3 weeks.

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