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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:06 am Post subject: Wabi Kusa any one ??hello Reply with quote

 Hello  
 
 Been  quite  long  that  i  am  active  in  the  forum.  
 Feels  good  to  be  here  
 I  am  planning  to  start  the  new  long  awaited  project  of  wavi  kust  
 
 Just  to  start  the  basic  talk  
 
 Has  any  one  ever  ventured  into  wabi  kusa  ?  
 Is  the  stuff  required  like  lights  and  substrate  balls  available  ??  
 
 
 Thank  you  very  much  in  advance
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:18 pm Post subject: Re: Wabi Kusa any one ??hello Reply with quote

 Hi  Jaival,
 
 Welcome  Back!!  :)
 
 I  had  made  an  amateurish  attempt  at  wabi-kusa  a  year  go  and  achieved  decent  results.
 However,  I  mostly  used  DIY  and  not  any  commercial  products  like  substrate  balls.
 In  my  personal  opinion,  its  actually  fun  and  requires  a  lot  less  care  and  maintenance  than  having  a  planted  tank.
 
 Here's  what  I  had  used:
 
 Substrate  ball:  Red  soil  from  nursery  with  coco-peat.  First  mixed  red  soil  with  coco-peat  in  2:1  ratio  and  made  balls  almost  3  inches  in  diameter.  Then  I  covered  them  with  a  layer  coco  peat  completely  so  no  soil  is  exposed.  Used  a  medical  gauge  (the  cheap  bandage  gauges  you  get  in  medical  shops)  to  tie  around  this  ball  and  hold  them  together.
 
 Plants:  Java  moss,  Hygrophila  Difformis,  Hydrocotyle  Tripartita  Japan
 I  simply  tied  the  java  moss  over  the  ball,  and  then  planted  some  clippings  of  difformis  using  tweezers.  Then  tied  a  small  length  of  tripartita  over  this  mix.
 
 Setup:
 Used  a  smallish  2  liter  fish  bowl,  first  added  a  1  cm  layer  of  coco-peat  for  water  retention,  then  placed  the  substrate  ball  on  it.  Now  topped  the  exposed  coco  peat  with  some  small  gravel.
 
 Maintenance:
 Only  water  top-up  once  every  2-3  weeks.  I  was  careful  to  add  water  only  upto  the  gravel  level,  any  higher  and  it  would  have  become  a  mosquito  breeding  ground.  Even  if  the  gravel  looks  dry,  the  coco  peat  will  retain  water  and  the  substrate  ball  is  ensured  moisture  for  a  little  longer.
 
 Sorry,  I  dont  currently  have  a  good  enough  pic  to  share  for  I  have  completely  neglected  mine.  I  will  try  and  share  one  if  I  manage  to  make  it  a  little  presentable.
 
 Good  luck  with  yours!  Do  keep  us  posted.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:44 pm Post subject: Re: Wabi Kusa any one ??hello Reply with quote

 thank  you  very  much  for  the  detail  explanation.
 
 Any  picture  will  work...  if  its  not  maintained  also  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:40 pm Post subject: Re: Wabi Kusa any one ??hello Reply with quote

                                                   
jaival  wrote  (View  Post):                
thank  you  very  much  for  the  detail  explanation.
 
 Any  picture  will  work...  if  its  not  maintained  also  Very Happy                

 
 As  long  as  the  Ball  is  moist  it  will  work.  You  need  to  spray  water  regularly.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:40 am Post subject: Re: Wabi Kusa any one ??hello Reply with quote

                                                   
PULSARABHI  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi  Jaival,
 
 Welcome  Back!!  :)
 
 I  had  made  an  amateurish  attempt  at  wabi-kusa  a  year  go  and  achieved  decent  results.
 However,  I  mostly  used  DIY  and  not  any  commercial  products  like  substrate  balls.
 In  my  personal  opinion,  its  actually  fun  and  requires  a  lot  less  care  and  maintenance  than  having  a  planted  tank.
 
 Here's  what  I  had  used:
 
 Substrate  ball:  Red  soil  from  nursery  with  coco-peat.  First  mixed  red  soil  with  coco-peat  in  2:1  ratio  and  made  balls  almost  3  inches  in  diameter.  Then  I  covered  them  with  a  layer  coco  peat  completely  so  no  soil  is  exposed.  Used  a  medical  gauge  (the  cheap  bandage  gauges  you  get  in  medical  shops)  to  tie  around  this  ball  and  hold  them  together.
 
 Plants:  Java  moss,  Hygrophila  Difformis,  Hydrocotyle  Tripartita  Japan
 I  simply  tied  the  java  moss  over  the  ball,  and  then  planted  some  clippings  of  difformis  using  tweezers.  Then  tied  a  small  length  of  tripartita  over  this  mix.
 
 Setup:
 Used  a  smallish  2  liter  fish  bowl,  first  added  a  1  cm  layer  of  coco-peat  for  water  retention,  then  placed  the  substrate  ball  on  it.  Now  topped  the  exposed  coco  peat  with  some  small  gravel.
 
 Maintenance:
 Only  water  top-up  once  every  2-3  weeks.  I  was  careful  to  add  water  only  upto  the  gravel  level,  any  higher  and  it  would  have  become  a  mosquito  breeding  ground.  Even  if  the  gravel  looks  dry,  the  coco  peat  will  retain  water  and  the  substrate  ball  is  ensured  moisture  for  a  little  longer.
 
 Sorry,  I  dont  currently  have  a  good  enough  pic  to  share  for  I  have  completely  neglected  mine.  I  will  try  and  share  one  if  I  manage  to  make  it  a  little  presentable.
 
 Good  luck  with  yours!  Do  keep  us  posted.                

 
 What  an  informative  post,  amazing  insight,  Pulsarabhi  bhai  Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:39 pm Post subject: Re: Wabi Kusa any one ??hello Reply with quote

 Hi  Jaival  !  Welcome  back  !  You  can  also  make  the  ball  from  wet  compacted  Amazonia  if  you  have  any  lying  around,  wrap  some  Java  moss  around  it  and  tie  some  thread  around  it.  Then  poke  in  some  emerged  stem  plants  and  carpet  plants.  Keep  in  a  bowl  with  a  little  bit  of  water  so  that  it  seeps  into  the  ball.  keeping  it  moist.  You  can  cover  the  bowl  with  cling  wrap  or  and  acrylic  sheet,  leaving  only  a  small  gap  for  air  exchange  (optional)  spray  lightly  with  water  once  a  day  or  as  often  as  needed.  If  plants  show  some  deficiency  you  can  add  some  ferts  to  the  spray.  Keep  it  under  a  light.  I  like  to  add  a  little  Glut/Excel  to  the  water  to  help  prevent  fungus
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:13 pm Post subject: Re: Wabi Kusa any one ??hello Reply with quote

 +1  Preetam  &  Mortis.
 
 Here  are  a  few  pics  I  managed  both  pre  and  post  some  trimming  and  clean-up.
 Last  time  I  watered  this  bowl  was  like  a  month  ago  (no  water  misting/spraying  either),  and  that's  why  you  see  everything  almost  dried  up.
 Will  try  to  post  another  progress  pic  in  1-2  weeks,  they  usually  perk  right  back  up.
 
 Edit:  Like  I  had  mentioned  earlier,  this  is  a  novice's  attempt  and  very  unlike  other  beautiful  works  of  art  you  can  find  here  in  IAH.  So  please  take  these  pictures  as  more  of  a  "how  NOT  to"  than  "how  to"  do  a  wabi-kusa   Chuckle
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 One  other  pic  to  show  the  root  growth.  I  did  not  dose  anything  to  this  bowl  other  than  water.  But  intend  to  do  a  2nd  attempt  sometime  in  future  with  excel  and  dry  ferts  dosing.
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