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How to make a Wabi-Kusa substrate ball

Discussion in 'Wabi-Kusa Journals' started by Jason, May 16, 2014.

  1. Jason

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    I now recommend version 2, this can be found here

    This is my version of a wabi kusa substrate ball.

    Shopping list:
    Wifes stockings
    Cable ties
    Old eco complete substrate from my old tank
    Root tab fertiliser
    Pebbles
    Spag moss
    Aquatic moss
    fishing line or thread

    Im now off to make some and will take some pictures of the process.
     
  2. Jason

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    I started with the stocking and added a cable tie to one end

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    then i used a pint glass and placed the stocking into the glass, im going to call this size the one pint

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    and then i did the same with a half pint glass.

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    using some old eco complete ( you could use whatever you have this was what i had from a old tank.

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    I added some to the stocking along with some pebbles for the weight and some root tabs for fertilising.

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    Then i added some more eco complete on top of the pebbles and root tab to finish it off

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    I then added another cable tie making sure the contents was nice and tight.

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    once this was done i ended up with this

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    One pint and half pint. using smaller glasses you could make whatever size you require :)
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    I will be back later with more photos and how to cover the ball with moss..
     
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    Hello!
    You`re working really early on the morning.
    I´ve been waiting forward to the next Foto.
     
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    hehe yes i have to be up early in the morning because of children lol, but soon after he falls a sleep and by this time im awake but means early nights lol :)
     
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    Take some fishing line and spag moss ( i would use all aquatic moss but i dont have £100s of pounds worth lol)

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    and start tying, wrapping around and around and around and around.. lots of times until you get this.

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    then i added some aquatic mosses, christmas, flame and java

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    until i got this

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    then i got carried away as this was not planned for today but hey :D. Out came the tools.

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    and glassware

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    and plants

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    until i ended up with this :) WABI-KUSA

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    I will update the photos as this grows over the next few months :)

    Enjoy
     
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    Hi Great minds think alike :D I have just started a W-K in the same way with a bowel just like yours,lol
    Will post a pic tonight :D Love your one :)
     
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    Very good explanation Jason :) now everybody can try it too!
     
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    Thank you both :D

    Greenfinger was it from the range shop? :D i paid £4.99 lol and they had a few different ones available including the open dish style (my next one).

    forgot to add here is the plant list for whoever wants to know:

    Vesicularia dubyana 'Christmas'
    Taxiphyllum sp. 'Flame'
    Taxiphyllum barbieri 'java'
    Lindernia rotundifolia
    Ammania sp. 'Bonsai'
    Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
    Clinopodium brownei
    Hygrophila corymbosa thailands
    Staurogyne repens
    Glossostigma elatinoides
    Eleocharis sp. 'mini'
    Hydrocotyle verticillata
     
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    Hi No Poundland ? Bit more than a pound £4.99 but worth it:D They do a column one as well.I have 2 of them.But the bowls are out of stock at the moment :(
    Love your plant list:cool: Will have to try some different plants myself
     
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    Once and if the emersed tank grows in ill send you some trimming ;) remind me in the future. :)
     
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    Hi I will remind you:) thanks for the offer :cool:
     
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    update time for this wabi

    i added a few more plants and trimmed some a few weeks back but lost one or two at the same time.

    this last week this has started to come alive :D

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    p.s i still need to learn photography :D
     
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    Jason

    Its not the photography at all its more the presentation.

    I lightened and blacked in the backing it with PhotoShop, try a little more lighting next time.

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    Keith:):)
     

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    Cheers keith I think my problem it time at the moment I need to stop rushing ;)
     
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    Hi Jason, Love it coming on nicely :cool: As to light i use a 10 w 6500k flood light above the W-K when taking photos. Ho and stop rushing;)
     
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    Being retired nearly 25 years now there are two swear words I never use "Work" and "Hurry" what I don't do today I will do when I am ready.

    I am planing my next big Aquascape reason being I will be pulling it down when the room is being re-carpeted.

    When that happens I will have every thing ready "What's the HURRY"

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks both :) and keith no swearing on the forums please :D
     
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    How do you prevent the soil from crumbling, once you take them out from the sock?
     

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