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How to make a Wabi-Kusa substrate ball version 2

Discussion in 'Wabi-Kusa Journals' started by Jason, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. Jason

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    I decided to try a different method of making a wabi kusa ball this time to see if the technique etc made a difference.

    i found this method much quicker to make and a lot easier to play with when it came to the planting part, the only downside i can see at this stage is the mess :D (wet mud) also the water will cloud to start with.

    for my next wabi if i have to choose a substrate ball so far i would choose this one.


    Take some form of soil, for this one i've used TMC Nutrasoil and add water making the soil wet enough to be able to form a ball, i added a small amount at a time taking care not to get it to wet.

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    The mud ball
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    take some moss and fishing line

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    and wrap the fishing line around and around... until you end up with this

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    after i rinsed the ball and let it soak for a while.

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    Then choose your plants

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    Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo'
    Alternanthera rosaefolia / reineckii mini
    Rotala wallichii
    Lindernia rotundifolia
    Staurogyne repens
    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
    Eleocharis acicularis (added after these pictures)
    Taxiphyllum sp. 'Flame'
    Cryptocoryne Nevelli

    Sagittaria sabulata (hopefully this will flower)
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    and you should end up with something like this.

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    hopefully in a few weeks this will look a lot better than it does now :D

    please note the brown marks on the leaves are mud as i said its messy, i have since removed these :)

    enjoy.
     
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    Hi Jason, Thank you for sharing :) Looking forward to seeing this little one in a few weeks :)
     
  3. Glomeridae

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    Hi!

    Nice one! I hope the plants will growing well! Don't forget to share your pictures with us! :clap:

    Can't wait to try to do one too!
     

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