Right on. I'm not the least bit worried about my temperature. The reviews for the aqueon pro's are around 100%. Between them and this thermometer I have
Really nice and i agree a dark background will make it more beautiful.
Unfortunately I have noticed that white substrate attracts algae a lot more...my favorite substrate is the small fine brown pea gravel Petco sells: http://www.petco.com/product/115871/...um-Gravel.aspx
Yeah. Painting is easy. Latex is the easiest to remove if you ever want to change it.
What about just a cork? Seems like the simplest way to drain it quickly, you could even have various holes for whatever levels you wanted to keep it at.