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Well, Kiran....I have to admit that you've changed my mind on Wabi Kusa! Very artistic the way you do it, and it never crossed my mind to layer it. Does the top portion dry out, though? Do you mist that part daily, or does it wick up moisture through the bottom portions in the water?
Thanks, I'm glad to hear! It stays moist, I mist two or four times a day as needed.

Why do your threads always crash my tapatalk when I try to open one of your pics?

Anyway, cool setups. Fun little projects to keep you fresh. I'm planning a few of those too. When time allows.
I'm sorry, my pics must be too large. Lol.

Thanks! I'd be glad to supply you!
 

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Dude... I've been waiting to see your pictures of those WK balls grown out. All I gotta say is S I C K!! Let's talk trades now :D.
Haha Nick! I've been making sure I could get something just right to show off first. Glad you like it!

PM me if you want :proud:
 

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Thanks, I'm glad to hear! It stays moist, I mist two or four times a day as needed.



I'm sorry, my pics must be too large. Lol.

Thanks! I'd be glad to supply you. Pst... www.wkguy.com.
Ah no worries. I spend way to much time on my phone and not enough time creating! Cool site, good on you and good luck with the business. Thx for the offer but I'm going to try it myself ... For now.
 

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That's a great wabi kusa project. Andras Turdik has conducted an interview for Aquarist Magazine on Wabi Kusa and his photos are amazing!
That's very cool! Those are more of emmersed bowls, though, and not in fact Wabi Kusa. Wabi Kusa are grown around moss balls and not planted in substrate, but the terms are often used interchangeably.
 

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That's very cool! Those are more of emmersed bowls, though, and not in fact Wabi Kusa. Wabi Kusa are grown around moss balls and not planted in substrate, but the terms are often used interchangeably.
I disagree. Wabi kusa means chaos in nature in Japanese. Wabi kusa isn't specifically limited to balls of plants. It is supposed to have imperfections, which makes it look natural.
 

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I disagree. Wabi kusa means chaos in nature in Japanese. Wabi kusa isn't specifically limited to balls of plants. It is supposed to have imperfections, which makes it look natural.
The literal definition, yes (which doesn't actually exist, it's more of a paraphrasing). But the definition in the hobby of Wabi Kusa is a ball of emmersed grown plants. I know where you're coming from, as I thought the same thing not too long ago. Do some looking around, though, and you'll find what I'm saying is true :)
 

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The literal definition, yes (which doesn't actually exist, it's more of a paraphrasing). But the definition in the hobby of Wabi Kusa is a ball of emmersed grown plants. I know where you're coming from, as I thought the same thing not too long ago. Do some looking around and you'll find the same.
My point is, from a different perspective, your Wabi kusa is emersed plants in substrate too. Both IMO are "Wabi kusa" because they follow the chaos in nature theme. Wabi kusa doesn't have to be in balls, but many choose to do it that way. Wabi kusa can mean anything from mixed plants with varying heights to plants on a ball of moss or soil. There is more than one kind or theme of Wabi kusa. Yours is obviously the ball type, but the other person's that was linked is still Wabi kusa.
 

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It's now been one week and one day since I started this setup. In comparison to my high tech iwagumi scape, this tank is a cakewalk. I did the first water change today. It's only really necessary every 2 weeks (or, depending on tank size and evaporation, a little less than that) but I wanted to just go ahead and do one.


The whole tank. It's really showing some nice growth.


Top-down shot. Check out the growth (especially in the L. palustris 'red')!


Side view of the L. palustris 'red,' which has grown the most so far.


Front view. Can't wait to watch this one grow out.

The growth rate, under the right conditions, of Wabi Kusa is quite amazing. The L. palustris 'red' really is growing at about 1/2 cm per day. The Hemianthus micranthemoides took a hit when I left it uncovered for the day to test its resistance to low humidity but is well on its way back. The Hydrocotyle sp. is slowly but surely on its way, and the Bacopa Wabi Kusa is spreading more horizontally than vertically, but that's okay.

Questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome!
 

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Do you know the exact bacopa species(s) your using?
And did you use live sphagnum moss? (lol thnk i already asked this)
That would be B. caroliniana and B. monnieri. There may be a little B. salzmanni in that one but I mixed all the Bacopas together, so I'm not sure. I will get an ID from my suppliers! :)
 

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That would be B. caroliniana and B. monnieri. There may be a little B. salzmanni in that one but I mixed all the Bacopas together, so I'm not sure. I will get an ID from my suppliers! :)
Looks like mainly B. caroliniana, but i think you're right about there possibly being some B. salzmannii hidden in there. ;)

Looks great Kiran! Do you plan on putting sand at the bottom?
 

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The top ball isn't in water and looks like it's starting to pay for it.

I would put sand at the bottom and use driftwood or a rock to plant the wabi around.
 

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Looks great Kiran! Do you plan on putting sand at the bottom?
Thanks Philip! I might. If I find some that fits it. But then again, I may leave it as is. I'm kind of happy as it is and sand may add a layer of complication.

The top ball isn't in water and looks like it's starting to pay for it.
Every three days or so I've been putting it in the water overnight to soak up water. The sphagnum moss really retains moisture well, so it's not that big a problem yet. It's just showing signs of acclimation the most out of the four balls. Give it some time :)
 

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the top one is h. glomeratus?
if so, dont worry about it. the h. glomeratus in my emmersed setup didnt show any growth for 2 weeks, and then very little for another week. now its growing almost as obnoxiously fast as the h. tiger and nelsonia sp i have. i think its just a slow converter.
 
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