06-28-2007, 03:57 PM
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| | Re: Wabi-Kusa Knowledge Base + Q/A
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.