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What is Wabikusa?


What is Wabikusa?

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The aim of this article is to explain what is Wabikusa and what we see as its essence.

Wabikusa is a concept of creating natural-feeling, often quite chaotic layouts, which originated in Japan. Most often, Wabikusa is made up of a substrate medium and water (or bog) plants.


You can read more about plants that are suitable for Wabikusa in this article.

The name itself, Wabikusa or Wabi-Kusa, consists of two Japanese words. ‘Wabi’, which expresses the beauty of simplicity and balance (well known from the concept of Wabi-Sabi), and ‘Kusa’, which means grass, or plants in a broader meaning.

This translation suggests that Wabikusa is a concept of planting and growing, which is supposed to conjure feelings of calmness, a concept which accepts and celebrates imperfections and simplicity as something that reflects nature.


We, at OPAqautics, believe that Wabikusa is a great way to enjoy growing water (and other) plants outside of the usual concept of aquarium tanks or ordinary planters. It offers a way to incorporate the unique design of complex aquascape compositions into various spaces without it being just another aquarium.

You can read more about the use of Wabikusa compositions here.


Maintenance and growing of Wabikusa is generally easier than tending to high-end aquascapes and is therefore suitable for less advanced aquascapers. There’s no need for CO2 injection or expensive lighting setups.

You can get to know more about maintenance in this article.

Wabikusa compositions offer flexibility not only when it comes to their size, which varies from very compact to massive projects, but also regarding their style, from emersed sections of shallow tanks to single bowls with Wabikusa balls in different sunny parts of a living space.


In conclusion, Wabikusa is a style that offers endless possibilities in a wide range of different uses. Our goal is to make Wabikusa products available to anyone who wants to enjoy this art.

© OPAquatics 2022 (Autor: Pavel Ottl)

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