I apologise for being twitchy about giving a FTS. It has an aquarium bonsai, which I saw described by someone on these forums as "naff" in a way that suggested that all would obviously agree, and I'm frankly hypersensitive- I've felt very embarrassed about being the sort of person who would want something "naff", so I'd resolved to keep it to myself so I can enjoy it without someone making fun of me. I'm very embarrassed to admit that in the open, but there it is.
I have to say, it really is sad to read that, and a real shame that you feel that way.
Like many things in life, aquaria are absolutely a matter of personal taste, and if you enjoy what you have created it doesn’t matter one jot what anyone else thinks. We’re all hopefully well past being the embarrassed kid in the playground wearing the Dunlop trainers our parents bought us when everyone else has Nike’s.
I do get it - I look at the wonderful creations some very skilled people come up with on this forum, and then look at my own pitiful hardscape attempts, and have to double check the gin cupboard to make sure I didn’t accidentally drink a bottle whilst trying to do it.
But then, once it’s all grown in, and the plants take charge, it become much less of a factor. Then when my kids peer into the tank in awe, and my daughter starts trying to count baby shrimp or name all the fish, it really doesn’t seem to matter at all, because ultimately it always should be about nothing more than the pleasure it gives to you and those close to you.