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material to use as a base to make realistic looking wood

Just seeing if you diy folks have any ideas on what I could use that may be easy, cheep, and aquarium safe?

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I don't remember ever seeing a good looking imitation tree but then I also admit that I am not an artist and would not attempt this project. If you are on the West side, I would go the easy way and trek out somewhere like the Meramec and pick some free real wood. I just can't top the work nature does.
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I don't remember ever seeing a good looking imitation tree but then I also admit that I am not an artist and would not attempt this project. If you are on the West side, I would go the easy way and trek out somewhere like the Meramec and pick some free real wood. I just can't top the work nature does.
I have to agree here. Even if you have the artistic ability to recreate the texture of wood, at some point you end up getting stuck on the color and durability. So that you end up painting / coloring it which, even if safe for the inhabitants, ends up chipping off and just looking plain old bad when a branch breaks. Driftwood is still a cheap aspect of a tank, and really tough to improve on or even imitate.

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I'm also with PlantedRich on this one, I think it would be easier (and cheaper, and probably look better) to find a piece of real wood that you like.

Otherwise, take a look at some of the backgrounds over on Dendroboard. There are some really nice looking setups over there...
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I understand what you guys are saying and wood(hah) mostly agree but I have some very specific pieces I want to create that mostly cannot be easily found. Firstly, an extravagant root/stump piece and I don't just mean one.

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You won't believe this thread!
http://www.aquariumforum.com/f34/gym...und-41793.html
He used "tubing" and maybe even wire in this build.
Some of the tubing was "corrugated" to hold better.
Vlekkie explains it all very well.
Super long thread but worth it IMO!

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Awesome thanks

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You don't have to buy the stump of your dreams, make it yourself from sticks. Cut and/or break sticks then put them together with zip ties, fishing line or screws.

I never could find what I was looking for either plus even though my tank is big the openings in the top make it hard to get big complicated branches into it.


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You don't have to buy the stump of your dreams, make it yourself from sticks. Cut and/or break sticks then put them together with zip ties, fishing line or screws.

I never could find what I was looking for either plus even though my tank is big the openings in the top make it hard to get big complicated branches into it.
That's a good point, but I have a lot of free time and need some indoor projects.

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That's a good point, but I have a lot of free time and need some indoor projects.

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Clay and you can do it pretty well.
Then fire the clay and you have fairly close approximations.

Takes some artistic ability.




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material to use as a base to make realistic looking wood

I just picked up some terra cotta clay (sculpey) for this exact reason! I couldn't find any info on this product in an aquarium so I am in no way saying it will be safe after a proper cure, but I believe after I properly cure an test I will find that it is safe for fish. I had to resist curing my test run yesterday because it turned out really nice, but the first is never as good as the iterations to come.

I chose terra cotta clay because I will be using these structures as a base to grow plants/moss on. The little clay showing should look natural and not be to distracting.

If anyone has any experience with terra cotta sculpey please share your results to save me any anyone like me the trouble of making something we can't use with livestock.
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