Are you curious why we have chosen for this exquisite design, flood system and materials? This post will answer all your questions about the realization of the Vegua and how it works. Inside facts will be revealed and we will explain our choices by using the banner.
The first step needed to be taken was the shape of the Vegua. Firstly, we started by sketching the primitive shapes on paper to see what shape fitted best to our idea of the Vegua. We wanted to create a shape familiar to people and having some characteristics of a normal fish bowl. Therefore, we decided that rounded and smooth shapes fitted best to the organic theme, giving it a natural look.
Secondly, the 2D sketches were drawn. In this part of the realization process, the uniqueness of the product needed to be brought forward although we wanted it to be recognizable as a planter. The sleek design was born. A special curve in the design ensures that fish have an orientation point and will not get dizzy while swimming.
Bearing in mind the natural habitat of both plant and fish, the perfect ratio between water and fish was determined. After extensive research it was decided to go for approximately fifty percent fishbowl and fifty percent plant-tray.
Fourthly, the best possible flood system had to be chosen. In order to grow plants fast, taking into account the numerous possibilities of plants which can be used for the Vegua, the Timer Based System was best to choose. Along with the Timer Based System comes more control over the flooding time by using a timer. Within 15 minutes a pump will fill the plant-tray with water. After this, the pump stops for 15 minutes. In this time the plant-tray runs empty. What makes this flood system so effective? One can easily adjust the time corresponding to the plants in the plant-tray. On top of that, we created a way to discharge water on the side resulting in less noise. The amount of noise is kept as low as possible by covering the tray with a lid that can be opened to feed the fish.
For the last and final step we made a complete overview of the Vegua. The visual shows how the product will look like. Cleaning the Vegua will only take a limited amount of time. We developed two trays which can be slid into each other, making it possible and easy to clean every single part of the Vegua. At the side one can see a few containers. One of the containers will contain a small pump, and the others can be used for extra filters. The materials used are easy to maintain. The transparent part is made out of plastic poly carbonates (PC), the rest out of Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-styrene (ABS).