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?
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Jurijs’ Wabikusa Article
- Aqua Design Amano Wabikusa Products
- An Aquascapingworld Magazine article
- An article on Aquatic Plant Central on the secret found inside ADA wabikusa balls
- Wabikusa Knowledge Base post on Aquatic Plant Central
- A post on ADA wabikusa on Aquatic Quotient
- The GALPC wabikusa category
- An article from Glassbox Gardeners on how to make a wabikusa substrate ball
- A Google search
- Pins on Pinterest
- The Green Machine article on wabikusa
- The Wabikusa Guy’s Blog
- Youtube video
- Great tutorial in Portuguese
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