Hey all. I haven't been on the site for a few years now, I used to have a couple nice tanks and spent years maintaining them - I'm not new to the hobby in any way.
This show got me so worked up my girlfriend had to leave the room.
Fine - so I've heard they're using already-cycled water (which personally I don't think is enough since you need LR
, which I didn't see, and the nitrobacter living in the entire system, not just the water), but everything else I saw made me cringe.
The shoe going into the tank? Ugh.
The guy putting on a swimsuit and diving in? That was just stupid.
The tank with about 30 yellow tangs? Horrible husbandry.
Worrying about the water being too warm, that it might be bad for the fish? Fish shouldn't be going in a tank you just filled up anyway.
I could go on and on - but even considering the things people are saying in defense of this business (ie., how Animal Planet retains creative control and the presentation), there were a LOT of other serious problems with how they handled the livestock and the tanks.
It's also teaching extremely poor practices which are going to lead people new to the hobby into thinking they can be up and running in an evening, rather than weeks (or months). That's ironic considering the guy interviewed said he's doing it to introduce new people to the hobby.
Sorry. My two cents.
180G build thread
180G All-glass with dual megaflows in a custom stand
AquaC EV-180 skimmer
250 pounds LR
160 pounds aragonite
Custom acrylic sump from GlassCages.com
2xPCX-40 return pumps
2x250MH 14K, 2x175MH 14K - PFO lighting, 2x65W PC
No-name 36W UV
Water General 125GPH RO/DI