There’s nothing simpler than Wabi-Kusa!
Takashi Amano is a popularizer of this style. The name, “Wabi-Kusa,” can not be translated literally. “Wabi” means nothing more than “simplicity,” while “Kusa” means “grass.” Everything relies on simplicity and minimalism. Small, glass vessels, filled with modest amount of water, substrate and plants—there is no need for anything else. Not much, you say? Probably. But it will please our eyes, get inside of us and revive our souls in a way nothing did it before. Let’s begin then. Substrate could be our aquarium’s ground, and so could be gravel, which is available in the closest pet store. Poured to the bottom of the tank, our substrate (or gravel) needs to create a 1/2-3/4-inch-thick layer.
Plants or our composition.
The rule of three plans is what we use! The first one of them is the most important one: it is the main plant. It is the biggest plant in our tank—it basically can overgrow the aquarium. Echinodorus, ludwigia, cryptocoryne or anubias all would be perfect as the main plant. Now it is time for supportive plants. We choose green flowers, with petite leaves. Small-leaved rotalas or miniature Amazon sword plants would be an excellent choice. They would both pose as a background to the whole composition. Carpet plants make the tank’s ground; they complete the vessel’s space. Now it is time for the right vessel’s selection. We can choose any glass or an earthen container. Platters, balls or flat- and thick-bottomed trays could be used. Let’s design our composition—it will make the whole work easier. Plants should be selected in accordance with the shape and the size of a vessel.
Substrate or gravel should be placed in a tank first, then carpet plants. Supportive plants should be potted now so the main plant could pose as the main attraction. That’s it, as simple as it is. There are still few responsibilities we need to have in minds: • plants need to be watered with distilled water two times during a day; • once a week, for few minutes, our composition needs to be fully covered in a bigger vessel filled with water; • we need to regularly cut our plants; stem should be sliced between the knots; rosette flowers should have their old leaves extracted; grass-typed plants should be cut just like with a lawnmower; • every three or four weeks we should manure our composition with aquatic plants preparations. Last important thing on our list is lighting. If we put our Wabi-Kusa-concepted composition close to window, the light will make our plants grow. If our composition is placed far from daylight, a necessity is additional light from a lamp. We should remember that the presence of green plants positively affect our mood. Final observation: the ten best of your Wabi-Kusa compositions will be placed in the gallery along with information about the author.