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Old 05-14-2013, 01:14 PM   #81
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I liked the outdoor Koi ponds with the big acrylic windows and also the pure scale of the one they did for the Church.

Almost all of their saltwater tanks are purely for show and to grab people's attention. In sure that most of the businesses that purchase those tanks look at it as promotional and know nothing about the fish that are being put inside. I'm also guessing that they just hook up with a LFS for maintenance.

ATM probably does dozens of tanks for people that add their own stuff. I think it would be interesting for them to do a show or two that showcases what some of their customers come up with after just the tank is installed.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:46 PM   #82
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To think that they're just dropping sharks and rays in an uncycled tank makes me cringe. Thats pretty sad because those are all likely to be wild caught.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:01 PM   #83
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I would think the tank was expensive to build and having some knowledge of the budgets most cable shows spend per episode, I doubt they got any deals. How does a doughnut shop afford this? Dunkin Doghnuts didn't pay for it did they?
The owner of the franchise owns more than one location, I think he has 10 locations if I remember correctly, he lives in Jupiter on the water and he has the money to pay for it.

Really nice guy, Dunkin is huge in south Florida, btw he was running a 3.99 special for a dozen doughnuts when I stopped by, I thought it was funny because I thought to myself he is trying to pay for that tank and at 10:45 am on a monday they were crowded.

I have heard a lot of numbers thrown around about much it was, no one really knows.
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I will bet it was +$20,000
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:53 AM   #85
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Probably swaying off the topic here; just visited the Melbourne Aquarium. Really dissapointed. Was expecting to see massive nature and reef aquariums full of plants / coral. Instead all i saw was plastic ones. NOT NICE MAN.
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Probably swaying off the topic here; just visited the Melbourne Aquarium. Really dissapointed. Was expecting to see massive nature and reef aquariums full of plants / coral. Instead all i saw was plastic ones. NOT NICE MAN.
You should go to the aquarium in Chattanooga TN. It is beautiful. It probably has a lot of plastic choral. I have been there and it is nice. Especially since they have fresh and saltwater. They are in two desperate buildings. I have only been once and I really want to go back.

I think the guys from Living Color, I think that is their name, (The people from Tanked) built an insert for them. They put it in an octopus aquarium.
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I've seen very few living reefs at public aquariums.
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I've seen very few living reefs at public aquariums.
Where I live there are several different places that have them. Both tropical and local (cold water).
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I've seen very few living reefs at public aquariums.
Georgia aquarium has a huge one
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I guess I should qualify my statement, you don't see many living reefs in comparison to all the tanks you find with artificial coral inserts. Went to a couple of aquariums on the west coast last year and loved it, but of course I was looking for big reefs and was a bit surprised that major aquariums don't have as many live coral displays as I would expect.
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