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Old 06-28-2007, 05:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey I wanted to start a thread to pool all the WK resources and inspirations


The Name

Although ADA coined the name "Wabi-Kusa" specifically for the product, TundraFour Gives us a deeper look at what it actually means.
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If you look at the etymology of the phrase "wabi-kusa," the definition you're left with is very open-ended.

The Japanese word "wabi" denotes part of an aesthetic (wabi-sabi). The Wikipedia article on wabi-sabi states that "wabi... connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance."
The Japanses word, "Kusa" means grass (or plant in some contexts).
I suppose a planted aquarium or even a blade of grass that somehow captures or evokes the feeling connoted by wabi could be referred to as wabi-kusa.
TundraFour then goes on to show us a really great link of what a google image search turned up when the japanese characters for "Wabi-Kusa" were entered into the search field. Google search of wabi-kusa in japanese




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Question From Oni
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Hi,
I saw your step by step wabi kusa, looks great! Can you tell me the stem and tall plants you used in the final picture?
I am a newbie to the plant world so I'm clueless in identifying plants, thanks!
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Hey oni, glad you like my work!
The real philosophy behind wabi-kusa (with the true japanese meaning of the word - not the commercial ada thing) Is that they are 100% natural, you take your tools - scissors tweezers ect. - and take them to nature, then take your inspiration from whats around you! you dont need a great knowledge of plants and you dont need any money even! just look at the plants around you, dig some up and replant them in your substrate(wich should also be dug up from your surroundings - or use my WK-Soil coming soon ;P)
so the short answer to your question is - the stemmed plant I used is a rose-bay willow herb, but you should use whatever you find as that will work best
hope that helps
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Question from Posit
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Hi, im looking to start my first wabi-kusa
can you give me a good recipe for substrate. i have some extra ada aquasoil, do you think it is possable to use it in some way? I have a good "tank" and would love to get started. thanks!
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heres my recipie:

get a bowl, add your spare aquasoil and a little bit of water, then mould it into a small ball, then go into your garden or for best results down by a river in the woods and dig up some soil

spread out some substrate fert on a flat surface and roll the wet aquasoil-ball around it to give a nice coating

then put the soil you have dug up around the center ball and pack it tightly into a large ball
remember to try and cover all the mud
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Noteable Wabi-Kusa's
My Inspiration For Starting WK - Chongs Hawiian WK/Ikebana
My first
Messy's 3x3 WK
Bacarlile's Custom WK - One of them is very High-Tech
Messy's Take on WK
One Of My own WK experiments
TurtleHeads WK

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Other Resources
The Wabi-Kusa Website!
The Fully Photographed Guide
Google search of wabi-kusa in japanese

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Old 06-28-2007, 06:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Phew that took a while...
i will probably be adding more later
anyone got any questions / links to add?
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow... great compilation. This should be a sticky. I really like Tom's work, but all are very compelling! Now I know what my next project will be!
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I would like to add that I tried my first wabi kusa (picture 11) using the classic japanese method. I took a little shovel and some ziploc bags to the local stream and collected everything. The tank was pristine for two weeks (with twice a week 50% waterchanges). After that, some of the mosses began to mold while sulfurous compounds built up below the wabi ball. Additionally, grubs, catipillars, and other insects emerged from the mud that I had collected within a week or so. I think many of the plants that I collected (esp. mosses) require the regular ebb and flow that a stream in central Texas provides, but who knows?

The second Wabi Kusa that i did has 1/3 the volume and uses a Tom Aquatics Aqualifter pump ($10) with a $1 filter filled with some carbon. It obviously runs much better and the plants are growing much faster. Also, the plants were all purchased from an lfs, including java moss and Eleocharis parvula.

The first one was basically free and much more fun, but it didn't last long.
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Intriguing! Is there any sites that show step-by-step instructions on how to put one together.



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Good observation bacarlile ill write up an article on the WK's lifespan
however when you get it right WK's can last indefinately! my first one is still going after nearly 5 months and due to its size has recently had to be temporarily rehomed to an empty 15gal
when i get home (im on holiday) i will take pictures of my latest WK, that uses my latest WK products (WK-Start and WK-Sun, coming soon to an ebay near you :P) which even 2 days after i set it up had begun to flower!.

also i tried a google search for "wabi-kusa" and turned up some cool results - if your too lazy to type
we have been blogged upon
some random person with amazing taste in planty things...blog
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Intriguing! Is there any sites that show step-by-step instructions on how to put one together.
Trenac - There is indeed check out my site linked in my sig and also in the knowledge base, i think there is also a forum version (it is now also linked in the first post )
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...uide-lots.html
yeh i see now how you missed it, its there but not very obvious
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The version of this post over at plantedtank.net has thrown up some great discussion about the origins of the name wabi-kusa i wil revise some of the stuff said and post it up here later

EDIT: oops sorry for the triple post, also new article added

Wabi-Kusa Rules, OK?

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I am the person that blogged wabi kusa over on aquariphiles. I am going to put the link to this thread on there too.
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thanks melgrj im flattered
guys you should see me latest WK it is tré cool
it will eventually be rehomed to our common room but its the summer hols now
it will also be my first one with fish
it boasts 5 different types of moss including phoenix moss and is meant to be a biotope of a scottish "burn" (the scottish word for stream), i will be trying to catch some fish wild to put in it
pictures once i find my camera

dimensions are 60x20x22
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