Emersed Plants On Mangroves Root (wabi-kusa Style)

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Florian Pellet, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Hi everyone,
    I made a new shelf dedicated to plants. It will be equipped with high-light LEDs as soon as they arrive from China

    I also have some beautiful pieces of mangrove roots that I just took out from a tank I rescaped. They're still waterlogged.

    Here's my question: what could I grow, wabi-kusa style, on the roots? They'll be resting in 1-2in of water and stand tall 10in above water level (maximum). Will the wood wick water enough for moss to grow?

    For teasing, here's a pic of my shelf and of the mangrove roots. I'll follow up with my wabi-kusas as things progress.



    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017
  2. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    After standing in water for about 24h, the mangrove roots give a better idea of how good they can be at wicking water up.


  3. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I think moss would grow ok on that. What type of moss were you thinking?

  4. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    I don't know what does well emersed...
  5. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    I think most plants do work in wabi kusa, since actually few aquarium plants are true aquatic. With a good acclimation from submersed to immersed you can use a large variety of plants.
    Very good video:
  6. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    I was actually just reading this myself. Most do well emersed.

    But from what I've seen in my own aquarium, most seem to bend horizontally when reaching the surface, and it's only the offshoots that pierce through. This doesn't make for a very aesthetic display.

    What plants can grow upwards from the soil and through the surface? What are some good epiphytic plants (like moss, anubias, bolbitis...) that do well emersed?
  7. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Most stem plants and crypts are easily grown emersed, googling will give you quite a few posts by people who just grow aquatic plants immersed.

    I have some hygrophila that melts once it reaches the surface but I've seen it growing perfectly fine emersed, with only the roots in water. I think once you acclimate a plant to emersed growth you can submerse the roots once again and it will grow from there. Never done this before so don't take my word for it lol.

    Java moss, anubias, bolbitis, and bucephalandra are all epiphytic plants that can be grown emersed.

    Some plants may need higher humidity too.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2017
  8. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Ok so for now got Utricularia graminifolia and Java moss. And I'll be using a teeny tiny pump I have to keep water on the mangrove root. Photos coming up soon
  9. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Here's the tank (more like a vase) with substrate, hardscape and a tiny pump cleverly installed. Water is still very much murky and I haven't done any planting yet.

  10. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    I couldn't resist and I did a little planting. Nothing below water level as I can't really see in there for the moment.

  11. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    What's that red plant? Looks amazing.
  12. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    That's a Fittonia. It's a common plant in paludariums because it can grow with roots submersed as long as the rest is above water.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017
  13. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

  14. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    The lights have arrived. Planting is done (though I might add more variety as I see cool plants around). And I added one red cherry shrimp.

    What do you guys think ?

  15. CulpritFishlore VIPMember

  16. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Quick update. Everything is going great. The shrimp is happy, everything is growing. I swapped the orchid for another one and it's been flowering like crazy.

  17. CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    Wow its gorgeous!!
  18. Jocelyn AdelmanFishlore VIPMember

    Love the orchid! What's the pink spiky one at the tip of the driftwood?
  19. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    It's just a happy tillandsia.

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