Learn exactly how I made this Wabi Kusa, from start to finish!

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In this video:

  • Timelapse of the entire build process of the Wabi Kusa Dish Garden.
  • Includes note overlays to explain steps and materials.

Used in video:

Tools and Equipment

  • Work Gloves
  • Safety Goggles
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Power Drill and Drill Bit


  • Glass dish found at hobby and craft store


  • Malaysian Driftwood – Shop hardscape wood on Buceplant
  • Premium-coated outdoor screw
  • Plastic bag for masking the container (prevents adhesive and other things from blemishing the glass during construction)
  • Sharpie Marker for marking approximate contact points (so I know where to apply epoxy)
  • 60-second epoxy (this is mixed in a condiment cup with the handle end of a plastic spoon)
  • Foam blocks for bracing wood in position during various stages of the build
  • Touch ‘n Foam Black Landscape Foam
  • 100% Aquarium-Safe Silicone
  • Sand – washed and dried
  • EpiWeb panel (cut with sturdy scissors) – Shop EpiWeb on Glass Box Tropicals
  • Distilled water
  • Aquarium gravel
  • Rocks
  • Pea Gravel (washed)
  • Fluval Stratum (Nutrient-rich aquarium substrate)
  • Various tweezers for planting, and positioning gravel – Shop scaping tools on Buceplant
  • DIY flex-funnel made out of a deli container
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  • Osmocote Plus fertilizer


Where to buy aquatic plants

For hobbyists in the USA, I use and highly recommend Buceplant.com.

They carry a huge selection of Bucephalandra, as well as tons of other amphibious and aquatic plants which can be grown emersed for terraria and wabi kusa.

♪ Music credits:

Track Name: “MOVING ON”

Music By: LAKEY INSPIRED (SoundCloud) (YouTube)

License: (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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