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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2018, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Emersed wabi kusa / Buce cube

I lost my Mom 07/05/2017. It was very sudden and I wasn't prepared. Due to... circumstances there is no plot or vault where I can visit to be with her. Her ashes are kept in am ern in her home which is where my step father now lives. I'll spare the details, but after her passing his true nature became apparent and we will never speak again.
Her birthday is in May so Mothers Day was always a big deal. When I was younger I would buy her flowers. The last several years I would make her little gardens with her favorite annuals in her favorite colors... pink and purple. My wife noticed my grief and suggested that I make her another garden, but this time it will stay with us.
So she worked some OT and ordered some stuff on my Amazon wishlist without me knowing!
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Deep Blue 8" cube
Asta 20 LED pendant.


For a lid I cut a piece of lexan, but I'm concerned it may block too much light.


I have a buddy bringing me some HC cuba and I've also got the following.
Buce - Amandae, Hermes, Theia balloon, arrogant blue, belindae, and a couple others.
I've also got some crypt parva that I'm hoping will transition, Ludwigia Rubin, lots of vesicularia mini and java moss, java fern, and some anubias that are all emersed grown. The anubias is far too large. I like the idea of the blooms from the crypt parva so hopefully that works.

Unfortunately that PERFECT piece of driftwood covered in vesicularia mini was stolen by the dog when she raided one of my bins yesterday.


The small buces in this pic were the remnants of some gorgeous plants that were eaten to the rhizome by the previous inhabitants of my 150.
I also have a good bit of moss already grown on the "wabi kusa" ball.
I'm thinking they may need to recover more before I incorporate them.

Hardscape will be driftwood and black lava rock. I'm also having a very difficult time deciding which plants will come out of the 150 as they are finally growing quickly.
I'll snap a pic of what I have planned for hardscape.

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That will be a great way to remember your Mother.
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I'm hoping to plant the HC tomorrow if it arrives and 2 more bucephelandra. I am unsure what I'm going to put at the rear.. crypt parva was what I was thinking, but that could be used for 2 more clumps of bucephelandra.
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I added some HC cuba and 2 more bucephelandra species. The purples and pinks have far exceeded my expectations. The colors are beautiful. Right now I'm keeping it almost entirely closed and keeping humidity very high with 5 or more listings per day. Eventually I hope to remove the lid and reduce listings to twice a day. Once things settle a little bit I'll wipe off the condensation and get some good pics through the glass.
I will probably look to fill in the two raised areas in the rear with bucephelandra clumps with smaller leaves. Perhaps brownie blue. I may also fill in one corner with the amandae as it's growing exceedingly well in my 150.
I haven't quite figured out ferts yet. I'm using RODI water to keep mineral deposits on the glass to a minimum. Perhaps I'll drain the water once a week and replace half with water change water from my EI dosed tanks. Maybe just use a turkey baster to drop some of the water on the buces since they are sitting higher up and won't have roots in the substrate for a good long time.

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Looks good Dude! What's the red-stemmed one in the back left?
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Looks good Dude! What's the red-stemmed one in the back left?
That is ludwigia Rubin. The underside of the leaves is also a striking deep red/orange/purple.
I'll get some pics of it tomorrow

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This is a very interesting setup. I'm curious to see how this does long term!
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