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Wabi kusa

How do you make this moss ball thing?

What does everyone actually use?


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http://www.tankspiration.com/2010/05...ls-and-doaqua/

might help, if you look closely on one of the tanks it's a rock attaches with moss l think.

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Ok guys here is the photo guide to wabi kusa

for the purposes of this guide I have done this in my house, please note you should really go into nature and do this in the field beacuse:
1. the nature around you inspires the wabi-kusa
2. all the materials you possibly could need
3. get some excersise! :P


Here is the commercial products I used


The tools i used


Ok first things first, Substrate. I used compost as i was not allowed to dig up the garden. When you do this, use mud from near a river or water source, compost is a terrible substrate for this! When using river mud, plants you did not put there will grow if your lucky!


Mix a substrate fert into your substrate!


Add some water If it is too dry to mold


Use your hands to mold it into a sphere (as i might have said before, dont but a fert ball in it at this stage)


Then push it down on a flat surface (bring a board to work on)
this gives it a stable base


Get your chosen ground cover and cover the top of the sphere, this should be terrestrial moss or something like HC or glosso


Tie is on securely, at this stage you should also tie some aquatic mosses or riccia around the sides!


Plant it using the surrounding nature as both inspiration and a resource


carry it carefully home, and choose your container (i useda ceral bowl as i had nothing good :P


Fill it with sand and level, then make a dimple in the middle and place a jbl fert ball or similar


Bung it in :P place it ontop of the fert ball


carefully add water


hope this helps you guys
any questions??


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Does anyone know where i could buy one of those balls like they used in the link posted by shadow? I want to do a scape in my 29g like the one they did at the end of the page with the HC foreground.

If I was to make them myself is there any specific guide to choosing plants for this

EDIT: This tank....looks so easy to setup!


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Thanks guys

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@Pinoyboy-do you breed pinoy angelfish?
His username likely isn't referring to the angelfish variety, but it might.

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Does anyone know where i could buy one of those balls like they used in the link posted by shadow? I want to do a scape in my 29g like the one they did at the end of the page with the HC foreground.
I bet root tabs would work, or any substrate fertilizer. Unless you're talking about the actual ball he planted the wabi kusa on... just get a ball of miracle gro organic choice, wet it down and cover it with mesh. (just cut up a mesh bath sponge [I forget what they're actually called] lol)
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I bet root tabs would work, or any substrate fertilizer. Unless you're talking about the actual ball he planted the wabi kusa on... just get a ball of miracle gro organic choice, wet it down and cover it with mesh. (just cut up a mesh bath sponge [I forget what they're actually called] lol)
Its a loofa and that will just break down and turn to dirty water is got to be held with in


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I meant like...I want to buy the whole ball of plants like they sell in japan, and make a scape like the pic. I posted from that site. I would rather buy it pre-made because the plants are basically a surprise lol and their scape looks really simple but nice.

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I made an attempt at it using rock wool, loofa, soil, and java moss tied with string.



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Its a loofa and that will just break down and turn to dirty water is got to be held with in
Loofa! That's the word! I'm not on my toes lately, blame the Superbowl :P

Fair enough, you could use river mud or something. I just remember someone using miracle gro organic for a wabi kusa. Maybe the loofa+plants grown over it keep it all in.

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I meant like...I want to buy the whole ball of plants like they sell in japan, and make a scape like the pic. I posted from that site. I would rather buy it pre-made because the plants are basically a surprise lol and their scape looks really simple but nice.
Hm... no idea where you'd get it but that'd be kind of fun... I should do something like that, a grab bag for wabi kusas... but I doubt they'd ship well.
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I would pay for em....and then we could just ask some of the expert shippers on this forum for some help. I would be using them submersed though...exactly like they have on the picture i posted.

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