Studio Aqua Substrate Ball
The [ SA ] Substrate Ball comes ready to plant with a specialized blend of core ingredients to facilitate healthy and consistent aquatic plant growth, in both submerged and emergent conditions.
Naturally anti-fungal, the [ SA ] Substrate Ball has superior water retention and wicks water upwards to plants growing above the surface.
The [ SA ] Substrate Ball can be used in a variety of ways in the planted aquarium, and can be completely submerged to allow for unique aquascaping opportunities.
The [ SA ] Substrate Ball is an ideal planting media for creating traditional “wabi kusa style” displays.
Specialised core nutrient blend for plant growth.
Naturally anti-fungal and mould-resistant.
Contributes to the cultivation of beneficial bacteria.
Superior water retention.
Will not disintegrate or cloud water.
Great for planting “wabi kusa” style displays.
1 [ SA ] Substrate Ball (~3” diameter when fully saturated)
8’ of thread
1 thread anchor (to secure thread to substrate ball)
2 substrate ball hangers
Proudly manufactured in the United States.
(Courtesy our friends at Studio Aquatica)
[ STEP 1 ]
Rinse your [SA] Substrate Ball and allow to soak in water for ~30 minutes. The substrate ball will fully saturate with water and the core will soften to facilitate easier planting.
[ STEP 2 ]
Press the thread anchor, with thread attached, completely into the substrate ball. This will provide a secure attachment point for the thread and makes wrapping the ball easier.
[ STEP 3 ]
Wrap aquatic moss around the substrate ball and secure with thread.
This is a great way to incorporate carpeting and epiphytic plants onto your substrate ball as well.
[ STEP 4 ]
Using planting forceps, or another pointed tool, bore holes into the substrate ball to plant stem species.
[ STEP 5 ]
The [SA] Substrate Ball can be hung from the edge of a rimless aquarium with the included stainless steel hanger. Simply press the pointed end of the hanger completely into the Substrate Ball.
The hanger also works well for attaching the ball to hardscape, like driftwood, for example.
The [SA] Substrate Ball can also be placed in a dish or vase, to create a traditional ‘wabi kusa’ style display.
[ FINISHED ]
Substrate Ball preparation is now complete.
If your Substrate Ball has plants residing above the water surface, it is recommended that you mist their leaves daily as they transition to growth above the surface.
If you live in an especially dry climate, it may be beneficial to cover the top of the Substrate Ball in plastic wrap to retain humidity during this transition.
STUDIO AQUATICA always recommends using in-vitro or tissue-cultured plants when preparing an [SA] Substrate Ball. These plants are not only free of pests and contaminants, but are also already adapted to growing out of water. This insures maximal success for wabi kusa or emergent growth aquascapes.
[SA] Substrate Balls also work great for house plants that tolerate submerged roots, like Pothos and Peace Lilies.
WE AIM TO SEND OUR YOUR ORDER SAME DAY
Orders received before 10am (GMT), will be sent same day, providing all items are in stock. Orders placed after 2pm Friday will be posted the following Monday.
If you would like to receive your order on a specific day, please leave a note in the box at checkout.
FREE SHIPPING FOR UK ORDERS £100 AND OVER**We are pleased to offer free delivery for UK orders £100 and over, up to 20kg. If your order is over 20kg, please select 'Heavy Goods Shipping' option at checkout. If this is not selected, we will need to contact you to regards shipping cost.
SHIPPING RATES IN THE UK
|Shipping service||Delivery time||Cost|
|Orders over £100 (up to 20Kg)||1 - 3 working days||Free|
Click & collect
|Pick up in-store||
|1 - 3 working days||
£3.99 up to 5kg
£5.99 over 5kg
£8.99 up to 15kg
|1 - 2 working days||
£5.99 up to 2KG
£6.99 over 2KG
Next day Courier
|1 working day||
£6.99 up to 2KG
£15.00 up to 20KG
(excludes ADA Mini range, DOOA Neoglass Airs & 10L Dennerle tanks)
|1-3 working days||£9.99|
Orders 20 - 30kg
Orders 31 - 40kg
1 - 3 working days
£15.00 up to 30KG
£20 up to 40KG
We currently charge a £20 flat fee for International Shipping. Once shipping is calculated you will be refunded the difference on the actual cost of shipping.
If you are ordering from Overseas, please note YOU ORDER AT YOUR OWN RISK. We are not responsible for loss, damage or undelivered packages, as we cannot guarantee the efficiency of overseas postal / courier services.
Returns and Exchanges
Ordered a new inline atomizer but it doesn't fit? No problem, just give us a quick call or email provided the item is not damaged in anyways, and we'll process your return or exchange immediately.
We also understand that sometimes products arrive and they aren't what you expected or you have changed your mind. Again, no problem, so long as you retain the packaging and the item is not damaged, we're happy to refund or exchange.
Please get in touch via email or phone within 14 days of your order arriving for all non-perishable returns / exchanges. For perishable goods, such as plants, please get in touch the same day they arrive.
+44 01603 761900
Damaged or Perished on arrival
We pride ourselves on the quality of our products, and will never knowingly send out sub-standard or faulty products. We use trusted shipping partners, Royal Mail and DPD, because in our experience they are the best. However, accidents do happen, especially when you are in the business of selling glass and plants!
Unfortunately, we cannot take responsibility for plants that perish or deteriorate once they are in your aquarium or terrarium - the reason is simple, all aquarium and terrarium set-ups are different, and all plants have different needs. Doing your research ahead of time is all part of the learning process, and we hope our website provides enough information for you to make an informed decision. If you need more information about a product, or are unsure if it will work with your set-up, just get in touch, we won't bite!
Evolution Aqua Aquascaper aquariums are shipped directly from the manufacturers warehouse. Delivery is within 14 days, but normally sooner than this. There is an additional delivery charge on all aquariums of £49.99 due to the size and nature of the product. You will receive a call to advise of a delivery date so you can be in to accept delivery.
All other aquariums can be shipped but may be classed in our 'Heavy Shipping' rate if the total order is more than 20kg.
Hardscape & other heavy materials
We pride ourselves on our extensive range of hardscape, but we understand it is not always possible to come and visit to touch and feel stone and wood in person. Please get in touch with us via phone (+44 (0) 1603 761900) or email (email@example.com) if you have a particular layout or shape(s) you are trying to source.
Given the nature of hardscape (ie it's heavy and expensive to ship!), we have had to cap free shipping at 20kg. The reason is simple, if a customer buys 3 x 15kg bags of gravel and 15kg of stone, this costs us over £50 to ship to you - meaning we make little, or nothing on your order - unfortunately, to stay alive as a business we do need to make a profit so we can carry on offering quality products to our customers.
More questions about shipping and returns? Drop us a line.
+44 01603 761900