Oh if only they stayed that way for long! I see these guys do their contests where they go into the event, set up their elaborate gorgeous layouts that look like something that should be in a museum, get judged, tear down and go home all in one day!! That tank you posted looks like one of them. Keeping the white sand separate from the black would be a challenge, especially with animals in the tank. Beautiful though!
While that is the case for most tanks, I agree... I am please to report... it lasted at least two whole months!! hahaha.
That pic was from 4/30/05...
This pic is from 6/25/05:
But yes.... most showcase tanks were for competition purpose, go up once, and sadly get ripped down. LAME!