Shark's tank does look great and I absolutely love the sand. Unfortunately at $1 a pound using it in any large tank would cost an arm and a leg. I'm thinking of changing the background from black to a dark gray. With the way the water is staining from the wood, and the light positioned right at the front of the tank its getting really dark in there and hard to see him if he moves to the back of the tank.
I wouldn't call my RTBS calm so much as timid. In the QT tank she would actually back up from the neons, and not full grown neons, juvies that aren't even 3/4" long. I've got my fingers crossed that she stays that way. I don't know if the females are as aggressive as the males, I'm hoping they aren't we'll see.
Thanks, I'm actually breaking the QT tank down right now as I'm not going to be getting any more fish at home for a while. The light was one of my Craigslist specials that came with one of the tanks. It's a pissant little 15W light but I wasn't trying to grow anything in the tank. The 50W Visi-Therm Deluxe was the same and kept the tank at 79. Air pump came with my 55 gallon as did the gravel. I bought the pots for $1 each, the plants for $1.50 each, the rock was a gift and I spent $10 on the sponge filter. It was less than $50 all told. If I'd had to buy things off the shelf instead of recycling it would have cost more but not that much. That tank really convinced me that anyone can set up a QT tank, and should.
When I first got the corner tank I wasn't wild about it, then again I wasn't going to turn down a 48 gallon tank with stand, filter, and light for $20. once I got everything in it though... WOW. The front to back depth is amazing and it's really made me dislike my 55 gallon for exactly that reason (a standard 55 gallon is only 13" deep). Heck, even the circulation in it is better and things stay clean and detritus free for the most part. I have to vacuum along the back edge of the tank only to pick up what little the filter doesn't get. It's an awesome tank.
On to less pleasant things. Shark's tank is undergoing a bit of an algae outbreak right now. I'm used to brown algae in a new tank but this stuff isn't brown, its gauzy white, almost like mucus. The the tank receives no direct sunlight at all (yay cubicle) and the light it does have is only on for about 8 hours a day (I need a timer). Any insight in what this is and how to deal with it?