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rocksmom 03-02-2013 07:54 AM

My first wabi kusa w/ step by step pics!
Earlier this week I won an extremely generous RAOK from pweifan which included everything needed to make a wabi kusa. Here you can see all the supplies he sent. My only contributions were a few stems, thread, and some black flourite I had leftover.

Then I just followed his steps he posted in his wabi kusa journal. First was forming the ball and covering it in sphagnum moss. I only used about 2/3 of the clay because I was afraid it wouldn't fit in the bowl. I think it turned out to be a nice size:

Next was the moss, tied with cotton thread:

All planted:

In it's home, misted, and watered:

Sorry for the glare. I'll have to put something dark under it the next time I get a picture. Right now I have it sitting next to my 12 long with my reading lamp above it (13w cfl):

I'll post pictures in a week or so to show how the plants are doing. For those curious, here's the list:

  • Peacock moss
  • Hydrocotyle sp. Japan
  • Glossostigma elatinoides
  • Ludwigia sp.
  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Rotala Mini Butterfly

l8nite 03-02-2013 09:36 AM

really nice and pleasing!

sayurasem 03-02-2013 09:37 AM

Nice! Aren't you in scape now? :D

pweifan 03-02-2013 07:48 PM

This looks really awesome, great job! Thanks for posting this :)

gnod 03-02-2013 11:28 PM


rocksmom 03-03-2013 07:18 AM


Originally Posted by l8nite (Post 2698898)
really nice and pleasing!


Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 2698906)
Nice! Aren't you in scape now? :D


Originally Posted by pweifan (Post 2702074)
This looks really awesome, great job! Thanks for posting this :)


Originally Posted by gnod (Post 2704466)

Thanks everyone!

sayuresm, yeah, I just signed up on the board a week or so ago. I haven't really had a chance to check it out much though. How do you get a number and the little card for your sig? I'm sure it's some basic FAQ I just haven't read yet.

Asgard 03-03-2013 09:54 AM

Very nice!
I'm very curious how it will develop.

pweifan 03-14-2013 10:16 PM

It's been 11 days. Time for an update ;)

rocksmom 03-15-2013 01:27 AM


Originally Posted by pweifan (Post 2826514)
It's been 11 days. Time for an update ;)

Here ya go:

The hydrocotyle and the glosso have a ton of new growth. The moss is starting to perk up too. It's not all flattened out like it was when I first wrapped it. The stems looked terrible so I trimmed them pretty much flush with the surface. Hopefully they'll send out some new growth, but if not I'll wait until I get some emmersed growth popping out of the top of one of my tanks and add that instead.

I've been misting twice per day and am still using the 13w light. Maybe that's not enough for the stems? Should I use a 26w instead?

pweifan 03-15-2013 09:46 PM

This is looking great so far!

I used a 13W light but not for very long. It didn't under-perform, it was just easier to use a different light fixture. So I really can't say :( I bet you'll be OK with it.

I also have used the emersed growth from a tank and those stems do a LOT better.

Thank you for posting the updated pics. I promise to post some to my thread this weekend :)

Meganne 03-19-2013 05:09 AM

ok, these are COOL. and now on my to do list

Conrad283 03-19-2013 06:59 AM

Pretty sweet :)

rocksmom 03-21-2013 07:52 PM

Time for a mini-update. I have a stem growing! Not sure what it is though, except that it's not the bacopa.


Originally Posted by Meganne (Post 2869986)
ok, these are COOL. and now on my to do list


Originally Posted by Conrad283 (Post 2871162)
Pretty sweet


MABJ 03-21-2013 08:12 PM

Wonderful post. I'd love to start something like this.

pweifan 03-22-2013 10:23 PM

Stacy, I'm pretty sure it's Ludwigia Repens x. Arcuata. I have it in my tanks and one of my wabis. It looks like you've got some really happy growth there :)

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