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Old 05-14-2013, 02:56 AM   #1
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Hello,

I've been out of the hobby for 15+ years. So much has changed. I had a 40 gallon planted tank with kitty liter clay for fertilizer and playground sand with swords, crypts, and a little moss. I don't think wabi kusa was around in the aquarium world yet. But now I want to try it. My original plan was to get a wabi kusa ball in the middle and some anubias and moss around the island. But the lfs I went to back in the day that had moss is now closed, they also sold Amano shrimp. The other lfs which had ghost shrimp is now closed too. So I'll try the classifieds here to try and score some plants.


The bowl is 4" tall. Lip is 8" and 9 3/4" at its widest.

This will be on my office desk so no co2, filters, or lights. It'll only get the overhead light from the ceiling.

Anyone have advice on low light plants? Fish?
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:14 AM   #2
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You can go with plants like Glosso, Hydrocotyle, bacopa, ludwigas etc. Cover the clay ball in any moss. Do use sphagnum moss in/over the clay.
I just setup a wabikusa for my office 2 weeks ago this way.
BTW, I am in Orange County.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:22 AM   #3
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You can go with plants like Glosso, Hydrocotyle, bacopa, ludwigas etc. Cover the clay ball in any moss. Do use sphagnum moss in/over the clay.
I just setup a wabikusa for my office 2 weeks ago this way.
BTW, I am in Orange County.
How's your wabi kusa going? Any pics of your setup? Where'd you get your clay?

I have some anubias, java moss, and ceratopteris on the way.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:27 AM   #4
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Here it sits on my desk. Maybe get plants in there next week.

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:13 PM   #5
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Here is mine. Though I realize I made it a bit too small. Will need to get a bigger bowl and ball. Bacopa and red ludwiga is growing fine, glosso not as much.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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Here is mine. Though I realize I made it a bit too small. Will need to get a bigger bowl and ball. Bacopa and red ludwiga is growing fine, glosso not as much.
That looks nice. Do you have a light source just for the bowl?
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:19 AM   #7
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Okay, I think this is the direction I want to go in http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ht=Shrimp+bowl
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So you are not doing a wabi kusa then?
I use the LED lights from Aqueon evolve 4.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:01 AM   #9
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So you are not doing a wabi kusa then?
I use the LED lights from Aqueon evolve 4.
Seems to change everyday! Everyday I go through the site I find something else I wanna try.

Goodies going into the bowl tomorrow.



Also got a bag of black aquarium sand from petco and also got some potting soil.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:46 PM   #10
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Got the bowl set up today.

Started with a small layer of potting soil at the bottom


Then put About 1.5" to 2" of black petco sand on top


Anubias tied to some stones


After adding water, put the ceratopteris in to float around
Discovered there was some extra goodies in the bag of ceratopteris. Is this riccia?


And this guy. Not sure what it is


And as it sits right now.


Will go with a wabi kusa ball to fill in the middle. Have some java moss coming in this weekend. Will pick up a small bag of sphagnum moss and find some clay somewhere to make the ball with. Just gotta find something to use as the plant material for the ball.

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Old 05-18-2013, 10:31 PM   #11
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I picked up a bag of sphagnum moss today. Wrapped it around a rock with some fishing line.


I was going to use some weeds from around the house for a natural feel, but while picking up the sphagnum moss saw the plant on the left. It's called a sidekick sweet potato vine.


All ready to go. Java moss came today and I wrapped that around the sphagnum ball. Will have to wait until Monday to put it in the bowl. Had enough java moss to make a second wabi kusa ball. Will stick with regular aquarium plants for that one.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:48 PM   #12
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Got the plant in this morning.


I may have made it too tall. Will see if the java moss survives.


Also picked up 10 of these guys. Too fast to get a good phone pic.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:40 PM   #13
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Enjoying your thread. Great project for a desk. Keep posting
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:28 PM   #14
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Enjoying your thread. Great project for a desk. Keep posting
Thank you.

I need to get some plants to cover up the gravel. It's too dark at the moment.
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won't the emersed section of the java moss dry out?
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