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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-15-2016, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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First Wabi Kusa - "Untouched Oasis"

After seeing multiple pictures of different wabis on Google images, I fell in love with them and have decided to create one myself! I will be putting it in a round glass bowl I found at Target. I decided to go with the substrate ball option instead of flat substrate, and I am making with the following components:

Fluval Stratum,
Clay/dirt from the backyard,
Potting soil,
and possibly dead moss I have in the yard (to replace sphagnum peat moss).

Do you guys think it would be good to put Osmocote+ pellets at the center of the ball for extra nutrition?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-15-2016, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the plants I have selected:

Vesicularia dubyana (java moss)
Ludwigia repens
Myriophyllum brasiliensis (red stemmed parrots feather)
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Hydrocotyle sp.
Helanthium tenellum (pygmy chain sword)
Hemianthus callitrichoides (dwarf baby tears)
Riccia fluitans (only a tiny amount)

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How do you plan to keep the substrate ball contained? It will most likely fall apart once it's wet, no matter how compact you make it.


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I am going to cover it with the java moss and tie it on with fishing twine. I might also cover the bottom with the dead moss from my yard since the java can't live under the ball without light. Do you have any suggestions? I am sort of a noob in this area, so any input is appreciated!

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Looks like fun. I did one of these last year and it was pretty easy to keep going. The plants stayed healthy and didn't grow too fast for the small space.
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I just finished up the ball! I decided to put the dead moss from the yard on the bottom and the java moss on the top. If all goes well, the ball should be pretty stable (I saw maybe one tiny hole in the moss at the bottom, but it shouldn't cause instability...only time will tell ). The ball is also fairly large, as you can see in the picture with my hand. Hopefully this won't cause it to flatten out like a pancake!

Here are the pics...getting dirty has never been so fun and worthwhile!

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Just finished up, and I am really happy with the out come. The water in the bowl is still really dirty from the sand and substrate ball, but it should clear up soon.

Also, I have a question: for the first 3 weeks or so while the plastic wrap is still on, how many times daily should I spray it with water?
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This looks good! Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but I was going to suggest using pantyhose to contain the substrate ball. I guess I'm too late for that advice. However this looks pretty good and I'm hoping that this works out!

With that much water in there, you may not even need to spray all that much. You'll be surprised at how humid a small container can get, even in just a few hours. If anything, you might have to air it out more than spraying.

The water should clear up by tomorrow.

I really like the plant selection! Diverse and colorful!
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This looks good! Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but I was going to suggest using pantyhose to contain the substrate ball. I guess I'm too late for that advice. However this looks pretty good and I'm hoping that this works out!

With that much water in there, you may not even need to spray all that much. You'll be surprised at how humid a small container can get, even in just a few hours. If anything, you might have to air it out more than spraying.

The water should clear up by tomorrow.

I really like the plant selection! Diverse and colorful!
Thanks Bereninga! Sorry I didn't wait for your response...I am kind of impatient when there is aquascaping to do =)! The water has cleared up, and I will send more pics later. I moved the ball to the side of the bowl and placed black rocks in the water, giving it an off-set look that I like. It really makes my Wabi look like a tropical island!

One more thing: do you know how to change the title of a thread? I don't really like the one I have, but I don't have a "technology thumb" like I have a green thumb...

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Here are some of the pics where I have the black rocks...what do you guys think? I think the rocks make the scape look more like an island. Do you like the off-centered wabi with the rocks or do you like it just in the middle? If you like the rocks, can you see a better layout than the one I have?

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You could probably leave it open if you drop a small airstone in the water while you need to keep things wet. The spray it produces when the bubbles pop keeps things wet, while you get to keep good airflow and oxygen levels.

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First Wabi Kusa - "Untouched Oasis"

I do like the rocks! Gives it a more zen feel, although maybe space them out bit more, they look a bit strange position wise.
I read online from a scaper that does lots of Wabis, that to help transition the plants you should have aeration sessions without the wrap every day, starting with 30 minutes, then gradually increasing till you can take it off. To be honest, 30 minutes sounds long so maybe start at 15, I'm not sure though.

Edit: Here's the interview in case you are curious: http://aquaristmagazine.com/andras-t...usa-interview/

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I do like the rocks! Gives it a more zen feel, although maybe space them out bit more, they look a bit strange position wise.
I read online from a scaper that does lots of Wabis, that to help transition the plants you should have aeration sessions without the wrap every day, starting with 30 minutes, then gradually increasing till you can take it off. To be honest, 30 minutes sounds long so maybe start at 15, I'm not sure though.

Edit: Here's the interview in case you are curious: András Tündik Wabi Kusa Interview | Aquarist Magazine

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Opare, Thanks! That is a really helpful interview. It is pretty hard to get good info and tips for such a new phenomenon!

Also, what do you suggest I do with the rock hardscape?

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Nice job on this. Way to capture the step by step with some great photos. My favorite is the muddy hands photo. Some people pay big money for mud spa time.

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Nice job on this. Way to capture the step by step with some great photos. My favorite is the muddy hands photo. Some people pay big money for mud spa time.
Lol! Thanks for the positive feedback!

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