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  1. dw1305

    Journal My First Terrarium

    Hi all, Germany might have been a better option, but I'm not sure post-BREXIT. I'll be in Wales next month, I'll have a look out for it if I go anywhere suitable. cheers Darrel
  2. dw1305

    Journal My First Terrarium

    Hi all, It is a UK native moss. I've never seen it locally, and it is generally fairly uncommon in SE England, but a member in Wales or Scotland (or Norfolk Broads/Brecks or Poole Harbour area) should be able to find some. <"It is really distinctive">, so you wouldn't need to be a moss...
  3. dw1305

    Journal My First Terrarium

    Hi all, Possibly <"Climacium dendroides">? There are a few mosses that are quite tree like, including <"Thamnobryum alopecurum"> and <"Thuidium tamariscinum">, which is really common in NW Europe. The moss you have looks like a <"Leucobryum sp."> cheers Darrel
  4. dw1305

    Journal My First Terrarium

    Hi all, This going to be so good. I'm seeing a business opportunity <"for some-one">. "LondonDragon" already sounds like celebrity endorsement. Very nice, you'll need to make sure that the roots aren't wet all the time, particularly the Schoenorchis scolopendria. Is it mounted on a cork board...
  5. dw1305

    Journal My First Terrarium

    Hi all, If you have a park to hand? A handful of leaf litter from under some shrubs etc will provide a starter culture for free. Yes they stay put where it is damp. They don't have an exoskeleton, so have a very limited life span in your house cheers Darrel
  6. dw1305

    ADA Terra Base

    Hi all, Your Restrepia is doing well. cheers Darrel
  7. dw1305

    ADA Terra Base

    Hi all, You can get additives to turn earthenware black. I had a look into it a few years ago when we looking at <"DIY baked clay substrates">. cheers Darrel
  8. dw1305

    Can I use this light in a wabi-kusa ?

    Hi all, Should do. cheers Darrel
  9. dw1305

    Self watering tube

    Hi all, You get quite a large cooling effect with a terracotta wine cooler. How much water evaporates depends on how warm and humid the day is, but if you fill one up with water on a warm, sunny, windy day it will empty pretty quickly, certainly much faster than a glazed pot will. If you want...
  10. dw1305

    Identity Help

    Hi all, They are annuals, so will die after flowering. That is as big as the Whitlow grass will get. The <"Mouse-ear"> will branch up to about 10cm, and also has a little white flower with bifid petals, but this time with five petals. My wife often says that, although in her case I don't think...
  11. dw1305

    Identity Help

    Hi all, It is “Whitlow grass” (Erophila verna agg.). Not real grass, but a Crucifer. It has four white petals, but they are deeply split into two. You also have a Cerastium, C. glomeratum ( Clustered Mouse-ear), the pale green hairy leaf. Cheers Darrel
  12. dw1305

    My first wabikusa + how do you deal with the mould?

    Hi all, Definitely ignore it. cheers Darrel
  13. dw1305

    My first wabikusa + how do you deal with the mould?

    Hi all, Very nice. Personally I'd ignore, it obviously isn't effecting plant growth. If you do want to treat it, because you aren't going to flood this, or add fish etc, you are safe to use a general purpose fungicide, even if it is copper (Cu) or sulphur (S) based. If you pop down to Wilkos...
  14. dw1305

    ADA Terra Base

    Hi all, It should work OK, but I can't imagine how much they charge for the full set-up. Like that, I think that is right up there with Clive's immortal description of an external filter as a "pump in a bucket", it cuts straight to the chase. You could DIY one from a <"terracotta wine cooler">...
  15. dw1305

    Cyanobacteria on Wabi kusa

    Hi all, The one that forms the "balls" of dark green gel is a <"Nostoc"> sp. I haven't had them in the rain-water tanks, but they've always grown in harder water tanks with mosses etc. I think there is still some growing around damper paving slabs at the back of the building I work in. Image...
  16. dw1305

    A Wardian Case

    Hi all, I tried to find one a while ago, there is some information (and some more Wardian case bits) in this thread from 2013 <"Humidity over moisture">, first page is worth a read as well for those who are interested in the DSM. cheers Darrel
  17. dw1305

    Cyanobacteria on Wabi kusa

    Hi all, Same with me, low nitrates (in fact low everything) but very little cyanobacteria. I originally wrote "no cyanobacteria", but there will always be some. Have a look at the Lenntech article <"General effects of eutrophication">, it lists a whole range of "algae" that are favoured by...
  18. dw1305

    Journal Nelson's Wabi's

    Hi all, It is probably a humidity issue in the house in the winter. I like the flowering Utricularia. cheers Darrel
  19. dw1305

    Journal First attempt at a Wabi Kusa

    Hi all, I would, especially in the summer. cheers Darrel
  20. dw1305

    Journal First attempt at a Wabi Kusa

    Hi all, Looking very promising. The leafy liverwort is doing well Yes I think you do. It isn't Sphagnum, but another type of moss, maybe <"Homalothecium sericeum">. Sphagnum would hold a lot more water, but that is probably the main difference. cheers Darrel
  21. dw1305

    Journal Starting point Wabi-Kusa

    Hi all, Certainly could be. cheers Darrel
  22. dw1305

    Journal Starting point Wabi-Kusa

    Hi all, I can't tell from the photo, but Bacopa has "opposite decussate" leaves, so if you looked from the apex of the stem the leaves would be like a cross, with each pair of leaves at right angles compared to the pair below. It doesn't look like that, the leaf pairs look more like they are...
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