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Old 12-19-2006, 08:43 AM   #1
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Wabi-Kusa Style


Before I start, I'll admit that this tank totally bites off of ADA's new Wabi-Kusa concept. For those who have never seen a wabi-kusa, the idea is to grow a ball of emersed plants semi-emersed or submersed.

That said, there's a bunch of things going into this idea:

-Wabi-Kusa Style
-Ikebana Style
-Hawaii Biotope

In addition to the wabi-kusa concept, I'm trying some ideas from Ikebana arrangement. I also wanted to make this a "Hawaii Stream" biotope, and all the plants were collected from a local stream. Well, enough explanation-- photos!



The empty tray . . . I mean aquarium. Lighting is an overhead 19w spiral florescent. My friend Long is working on some of the plants.



Lay out decorative white sand and a pot for the emersed plants.



Fill the pot with some old flourite, and soaking it to wet the florite and sand.



First plants go in-- support "mid-ground" plants. They are not submersable plants, and I don't know the species. They grow semi-emersed, and look sort of like emersed lobelia (but aren't).



Stems. I think they are an ammania species, but not sure.



Finished Planting with Pennyworts, aquatic and terrestrial mosses tied to the rocks in the appropriate locations.


I'll show some more photos when the water clears!

I'm planning to stock the tank with fancy guppies and wild-form cherry shrimp-- both invasive species that have unfortunately taken up permanent residence in Hawaii streams, but are rather conveniant for the purpose of this biotope.

I'll give some explanation on ikebana with photos afte the water clears.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:29 AM   #2
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Interesting project. Keep us updated.
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:19 PM   #3
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Very nice, SC...loving that container too.
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:26 PM   #4
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Another creative creation from Japan style aquascaping. Kinda looks like a cut out vivarium, quite neat actually. I wonder if this is doable for the long run on certain extreme climates (dry weather, winter), unlike in a vivarium where the condition is much more under control.

I cant wait to see the ikebana (japanese style flower arrangement) part in the setup.
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:35 PM   #5
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i know you were going for a stream, but it looks like an island in itself, which i think is even cooler! either way, it's amazing!
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Old 12-19-2006, 03:25 PM   #6
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I can see it looking lovely on my coffee table, then the dogs and cats drinking out of it and leaving slobber trails in the water.
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Old 12-19-2006, 04:05 PM   #7
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Nice! Would love to see some better exposed pictures (looks like they're being exposed to the desk lamp). Doing something very similar to this at work but in a round dish instead of the nice tank that you have it in.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:17 PM   #8
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Steven,

Nice work, where did you get the glass tray...umm tank?
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:33 PM   #9
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hey steven where do you get the wild cherry shrimp in hawaii.im on oahu so what streams did you go to?i didnt know we had wild cherrys here.
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:50 PM   #10
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:46 PM   #11
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thats very interesting, i also thinking of making one after i read the ADA catalog, but i dont have any luck in growing aquatic plant emersed they used to dry out. what are all the plants?
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I had exposure compensation on negative 2 for those photos (accident). >.<

The ikebana concepts are in the arrangement. While I was studying in Tokyo this summer, we were given a demonstration by an Ikebana Master as part of the program. His assistants taught us some of the basics before the demonstration. The most basic uses a large dish, and placing the spike stone (which is used to hold the flowers in place) in on the right or left side, in the front or back. For this, I had a pot instead, and placed it in the back left. In Japan, the position is decided on the season-- in the summer, the plants are put in the back so that one feels "cooler" by seeing more water in front. In the winter, the plants are brought to the front to create more sense of "warmth." It's hot year-round in Hawaii, so I figured it would be alright in the back. Besides, I wanted to use moss-stones, and in a way, I do bring the plants "to the front" this way.

Thanks for the comments/compliments all!

Dane-- Though using biotope plants and fish, I never really had the intent to recreate the sense of a stream. The goal was more a living ikebana, as idealistic and pretty as possible. The fish, fancy guppies, are also not meant to create a sense of "nature" so much as "fantasy."

Roy-- I bought the tank at Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro (Office supplies section) for 800yen. You might be able to find something like this if you look around locally (though I never have).

aesthetics808-- They live in just about every stream. I'd avoid using wild-caughts though, they can have things like nematoads. Just buy them from the LFs-- they all sell them for 10/$1, less if you are HAS.

cooper-- I saw the wabi-kusa at LFs when I was at Japan, it's interesting but far over-priced for a ball of pond weeds.


No idea what most of the plants are. I just planted them based on my observations of their growing in nature.
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:07 PM   #13
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Little Update:

My computer is in the shop, so I got no photoshop . . .











I added 4 male guppies, and about 20 neocaridina denticulata (wild form cherry shrimp)
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:35 PM   #14
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ummm can't the shrimp escape ? but other then that it looks awesome !
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cool tank. Where do you find all these "styles" Like iwagumi, and wabi-kusa?
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