Tree In The Aquarium

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My daughter decided that her castle would look more castle-y with a big tree. So I made one!

I used a piece of driftwood from the creek, and some artificial plants from my LFS. I think it turned out pretty awesome. I'm going to cut another 2-3 inches from the bottom so it's not so tall. What do you guys think? (Keep in mind it's a tank completely maintained by an 8 year old)

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Well this 8 year old is giving me a run for my money lol
 

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Wow your 8 year old is better at aqauscaping than me! Very inventive idea making the tree, it turned out very well.

Edit: How did you stick it together?
 

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I like it! I agree it could be shorter. Fun tank!
 

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Nice! And the tree definitely adds to the castle! Good call!
 
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BottomDweller said:
Wow your 8 year old is better at aqauscaping than me! Very inventive idea making the tree, it turned out very well.

Edit: How did you stick it together?
Dude... she's pro status. I was setting up the 75 gallon and trying to figure out where to put my driftwood and she was like "maybe move it like a bit to the left, then turn in like a little". She stood there and oversaw the process, and it turned out perfect!

We bought those plants that pop together at the bottom to create sections. We pulled them apart, drilled 9/64 in. holes in the wood, then jammed the bottoms of the "plant" into the holes. No adhesives needed... the bottoms of the "plant" are pretty springy, and hold very tight in the holes.
 
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AngelTheGypsy said:
Nice! And the tree definitely adds to the castle! Good call!
She said that all of the best movies show castles with trees around them, not with bushes. I cracked up so bad!
 

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I like the style of the tree, it fits very well with the fantasy theme of the tank.
 

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wow, that's fantastic! the whole tank really looks great. good call on your daughter's part!
 

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Wow, nice!

I don't have the eye for scaping, so it'd be nice to have someone around who does!
 
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She's really creative. When she's not at school, she's either drawing, painting, or playing with modelling clay. She's also very helpful in the garden.
 

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How large is this tank?
 
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Roughly 40 gallons (I think it's actually 37).
 

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What brand? Or custom made?
 
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Not positive of brand, I acquired it from a co-worker. I know top fin and marineland both make them, maybe a few others. I believe measurements are 30x12x22 (inches).
 

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Nice! Can you tell your daughter, that "Fanatic" really loves your tank!
 
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Fanatic said:
Nice! Can you tell your daughter, that "Fanatic" really loves your tank!
Will do. I've been sharing the comments with her. She's pretty proud of her accomplishment!
 

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She should be!
 

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That looks fun! One of my favorite suggestions for creatives is to have them draw the aquarium background. Then you can laminate it either with contact paper or if you have access to a lamination machine.
 

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I love doing that. I've don quite a few.
 
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