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What is a Wabi-Kusa Aquascaped Aquarium


All of a sudden there is a new style of aquascape system coming from Japan.  It is pushing the limits of the standard aquascape in that it ignores the use of fish in favour of providing a small bit of living plants in a well contained bit small bowl.  The Wabi-Kusa aquascaped aquarium is small enough to be placed anywhere in the home and will add a some living green to the room.  Although technically an aquascape, it does not offer the ability to keep live fish in it as well.

In the discussion of the Wabi-Kusa aquascaped aquarium by the GreenMachineOnline.com website in their article Wabi-Kusa They provide the:

Definition

There is no literal translation of ‘Wabi-kusa’ in the English language. ‘Wabi’ denotes something aesthetic, imperfectly beautiful and natural (like in wabi-sabi). ‘Kusa’ means ‘grass’ or sometimes ‘plant’. Therefore ‘Wabi-kusa’ cannot be translated literally. It denotes something natural, beautiful, sweetly imperfect and involving plants. The English language is clearly not conceptual enough to have evolved a single word to express all those connotations, which is probably why we have kept the name ‘Wabi-kusa’; to maintain the simple elegance of the concepts the Japanese name denotes.

But the main way to get a clear understanding how to create a Wabi-Kusa aquascaped aquarium is to take the 11 minutes to watch the video created by James Findley. Enjoy

Wabi-Kusa Aquascaped Aquarium is different from previous Aquascape styles

used with permission by onlinegreenmachine.com

Wabi-Kusa aquascape by Greenmachine.com

This new style of aquascaping contains the garden within a small transparent container and requires some maintenance over time. This presents the keeper with a continuing challenge to keep the original design in shape and growing suitably for the small space.

I am reminded of the challenges that keeping Bonzai offers, where the miniature tree also requires the loving hands of the gardener to keep the entire symmetry in accordance with the tree that is being groomed. In this case, though the challenge is one for the aquascaper to maintain the overall look and balance of quite a number of terrestrial pants that are kept moist and fertilized by the special growing substrate that all the plants are rooted into when the display was formatted.

The only thing missing here is some fish. That is easy to understand since the actual amount of water is so minimal, just enough to keep the entire system moist enough. A Wabi-Kusa aquascaped aquarium is perfect for those people who want a beautifully aquascaped container, and are willing to prune the plants to keep them in perfect balance but are not interested in also keeping live fish as well.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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