I am also impressed at its lovely contrast. I really really like this algae tank. I shoudlhave taken the pic when the GSA was evident as well, you may have swooned!
I was not sure if that bright green algae was clado, as its MUCH brighter and very "soft" than clado I have in my amano tank. Ithought it was a much more exotic version but I can resign myself to it being clado.
As for the fish, I have had the gar for 3 years, the polys for 4-5 years, and the snook for 1 year. The polys were only 3" when i got them, I grew them out in 20 longs (believe it or not) at 3 different intervals over the year. The gar I purchased at about a foot long, he is pretty much capped out in size now at 2' or so.
I do have a baby cuban gar growing out to join them.
As for the stand, my darling husband made it for me
Even the inside is diamond plate. Its a very sexy tank stank! The "M"'s are because I work for the Monster Aquaria Network and that is our logo.
Glad you enjoyed my algae show! I will take some closer pics for you, if you like, of the supposed clado and would happily send any along that you wish to inspect with your scope.
I do know that this tank has GREAT water conditions. Its filtered by an FX5, a C530, and an AC 110 and it gets 2x50% water changes a week.