Hamza, loved that color picture in FB page. It is not showing up here proper. I would love to see this in person... not sure when! Please let me know if you intend to dismantle!
Thank you very much Anna!
It took so much time that it'll be a sin if I consider removing/dismantling this
I intend to run it as long as possible cycling various plant combinations. Actually just replaced the plants completely yesterday for a new look.
Anytime you can drop in and have a look, just give me a buzz before doing so.
Hamza, absolutely love your scape. Its great that you thought of the living bridges of Meghalaya and kept it as the central theme of your tank. Very inspiring!
I came to know about these bridges pretty late myself, like back in 2011 I believe, thanks to BBC human Planet documentary that made a footage on this. Even though I was a starter(in aquascapiing) then, I had a strong determination to make a scale model of one of the bridges in my tank.
I kept the idea to myself for a long time, I was lucky that I was the first to attempt such a scape before anyone else did.
I hope to inspire other scapers who can find such brilliant examples from our country and try to emulate them and differentiate our scaping style from rest of the world.
So each individual twigs are glued using any adhesive? Also the twigs used are dried or fresh twigs? As bending the dried twigs would have been a difficult task as it would break while bending it. How did you do that?
Thanks man! Really appreciate that you took time to see the scape in detail.
The building process was a pretty messy job, I wish I had documented it. I used quick drying epoxy resin along with a bit of fine saw dust to conceal the joint.
It required me to mix the solution, apply the solution, press the wood and do the dusting all at the same time, joint by joint, thats the reason I couldn't take a picture while doing it. Yes it was very time consuming and at times I felt like quitting it and left it for days and weeks(sometimes) and then returned back with a fresh mood.
BTW, this technique was showed to me by Sreeram
Its easy to find chunky pieces of hardwood, but not the twigs that can stay submerged for long.
So what I did was collect bits of roots wherever I could find them, lakes, roadside, off-roading trips, I purchased some MRW too then soaked them all for almost a year. 70% of thin roots collected rotted away soon after submerged, so only the ones that stayed intact were used.
I dint want to see my effort rot away so I went through this slow process to ensure that its a lasting effort.
So pre-soaked wood was semi dried(dry surface and moist inside) which became easily moldable, I bent them and applied adhessive simultaneously to get the desired structure.
It looks excellent. 2 years, WOW, You got lot of patience..
waiting for colour version, it will be a sight to see.
BTW it wasnt full time work, infact first 3/4 of time I dint even start building process. As mentioned earlier, it took time to get right material and process it. The building process took a couple of months, in which sometimes I was bored and left it for days and sometimes just did an hours work in a day. Duration is long, but working hours is just a fraction of the whole time.
What material (white sheet) used for giving slop at back side?
That is foam/sunboard. I use it for architecture modelmaking.
I made 2 steep bankings with it. It is like a contoured structure that has pockets to hold substrate from rolling down.
I have a picture of those, cant find it now, but I'll share it in a couple of days.
EDIT-I have found it, here is the picture...
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Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:07 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached
This Saturday or Sunday,I saw an article with picture in Times of India on the same information that you highlighted in this Aquascape.
It is amazing thought process to transform I must say to introduce the concept with Aquascape.
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