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My first wabi kusa w/ step by step pics!

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Earlier this week I won an extremely generous RAOK from pweifan which included everything needed to make a wabi kusa. Here you can see all the supplies he sent. My only contributions were a few stems, thread, and some black flourite I had leftover.



Then I just followed his steps he posted in his wabi kusa journal. First was forming the ball and covering it in sphagnum moss. I only used about 2/3 of the clay because I was afraid it wouldn't fit in the bowl. I think it turned out to be a nice size:



Next was the moss, tied with cotton thread:



All planted:



In it's home, misted, and watered:



Sorry for the glare. I'll have to put something dark under it the next time I get a picture. Right now I have it sitting next to my 12 long with my reading lamp above it (13w cfl):



I'll post pictures in a week or so to show how the plants are doing. For those curious, here's the list:


  • Peacock moss
  • Hydrocotyle sp. Japan
  • Glossostigma elatinoides
  • Ludwigia sp.
  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Rotala Mini Butterfly
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really nice and pleasing!
Nice! Aren't you in scape now? :D
This looks really awesome, great job! Thanks for posting this :)
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Thanks everyone!

sayuresm, yeah, I just signed up on the board a week or so ago. I haven't really had a chance to check it out much though. How do you get a number and the little card for your sig? I'm sure it's some basic FAQ I just haven't read yet.
 

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It's been 11 days. Time for an update ;)
Here ya go:





The hydrocotyle and the glosso have a ton of new growth. The moss is starting to perk up too. It's not all flattened out like it was when I first wrapped it. The stems looked terrible so I trimmed them pretty much flush with the surface. Hopefully they'll send out some new growth, but if not I'll wait until I get some emmersed growth popping out of the top of one of my tanks and add that instead.

I've been misting twice per day and am still using the 13w light. Maybe that's not enough for the stems? Should I use a 26w instead?
 

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This is looking great so far!

I used a 13W light but not for very long. It didn't under-perform, it was just easier to use a different light fixture. So I really can't say :( I bet you'll be OK with it.

I also have used the emersed growth from a tank and those stems do a LOT better.

Thank you for posting the updated pics. I promise to post some to my thread this weekend :)
 

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Hmm, I did plant a couple ludwigia stems, but they were more on the side. I guess a side shoot could have grown straight up from inside. At some point I guess I should actually try to learn some names instead of relying on everyone here. Haha.

Yeah, it's definitely growing a lot all of a sudden. The glosso is really reaching though, so I think I do need to increase my light after all. My desk lamp says 13w max, so I need to find a new fixture first. Maybe one of the smaller Zoo Med domes or something.
 

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Hmm, I did plant a couple ludwigia stems, but they were more on the side. I guess a side shoot could have grown straight up from inside. At some point I guess I should actually try to learn some names instead of relying on everyone here. Haha.

Yeah, it's definitely growing a lot all of a sudden. The glosso is really reaching though, so I think I do need to increase my light after all. My desk lamp says 13w max, so I need to find a new fixture first. Maybe one of the smaller Zoo Med domes or something.
Home Depot sells those LED screw in bulbs that use minimal power but produce much better PAR ratings and ALOT less heat. If needed, you could lower the desk lamp to get more intensity too.
 

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you inspired me, but I flooded mine.

I have a bad feeling the ball of clay under there is going to explode! lol! keeping my fingers crossed I am wrong!
 

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Home Depot sells those LED screw in bulbs that use minimal power but produce much better PAR ratings and ALOT less heat. If needed, you could lower the desk lamp to get more intensity too.
Thanks for the idea. I actually went today to check them out, but ended up not getting one because the color temp was 5000k and I was afraid it would look too yellow. I'm going to check Lowes this week or look online and see if I can find one in the 6500k range.

you inspired me, but I flooded mine.
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I have a bad feeling the ball of clay under there is going to explode! lol! keeping my fingers crossed I am wrong!
Very nice! That's a cool jar. Is it actually flared out at the bottom or is that just from the camera lense?
 

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Time for a picture update. This thing is seriously growing. I don't know if I should trim the glosso or not.





The ludwigia has grown a lot, but it's actually reaching down and has lots of sideshoots. The backside has a "bald spot" so I added a couple nodes of marsilea minuta and a little clump of dhg belem. I want to add another stem or two, but I don't have any emersed growth right now to use.
 
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