SF 026: How to Create a Beautiful (and growing) Wabikusa

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SF026 Wabikusa

SF026: How to Create a Beautiful (and growing) Wabikusa

This week we go outside the aquarium to teach you the naturally beautiful art of Wabikusa.

Wabikusa is derived from the Japanese concept of wabisabi. Wabi connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear.

In today’s Japan, the meaning of wabi-sabi is often condensed to “wisdom in natural simplicity.” In art books, it is typically defined as “flawed beauty. Combine it with the word Kusa that means “grass” in Japanese, and you begin to understand what is meant by wabikusa.

 

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • What is wabikusa and how is it different than immersed culture?
  • How to create the perfect wabikusa:
    • What ingredients go into the wabikusa ball and how to do it yourself?
    • What plants can be used in a wabikusa?
    • How do you attach the plants to the substrate ball?
  • What are the keys to maintaining a beautiful and growing wabikusa?
    • How to avoid fungus and algae?
    • How much light should you use?
    • How to control humidity?
    • How to fertilize?
Overgrown by Oliver Knott

Overgrown by Oliver Knott

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5 Comments on “SF 026: How to Create a Beautiful (and growing) Wabikusa”

  1. kisanjong

    Another great podcast @Art and thanks for mentioning us over at glassboxgardeners.com.

    You will also find a few more articles on making Wabi balls in different ways.

    Best Regards
    kisanjong

    1. Art Pennom

      Hey Barry,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      That Wabi is huge! Congrats on your success with it.

      I’m curious, how has it become an integral part of how you approach aquascaping?

      Best,

      Art

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