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Old 10-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #151
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I treat my fish like I do all my animals including the dogs. It is my sole responsibility to provide a good home to any creature I take guardianship of. These creatures should not be considered disposable. For example, I know people who kill one mandarin goby after the other. They mean no more to them than a fly does.
That is so sad!!! I also read somewhere that Platys are "cheap" therefore no big deal if you kill them. That attitude just sucks! They are living creatures! Sure they are about two bucks but so are the free puppies you see people giving away. I bet that those free puppies aren't considered disposable!! I know my once free puppy that is now almost 13 and takes daily heart meds and has horrible cataracts isn't!

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Old 10-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #152
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Back to Tanked. I am a newbie at aquariums and I watched the show prior to getting one. Of course I knew that a tv show can't possibly show all the boring stuff, but I had NO idea how hard cycling your tank was. Knowing that info wouldn't have changed my mind about getting a tank, but it sure would have been nice to see more of that kind of stuff before. At least then I would have known I wasn't doing anything wrong!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:09 PM   #153
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The show is about crazy tanks not fish or reef keeping. Lol
^This.. is an important point. Well said Sharkbait.

I think we are all longing for a show about fish and reef keeping. The fact that there's a show about aquariums that ignores the substance of the hobby is a disappointment to us but it has no bearing on Tanked. It is what it is, a Zhou about a company that builds acrylic tanks.

My bet is, before the filming of the show, ATM probably just delivered and setup their tanks. Once their company became the focus of a show they were likely pressured into making the final product "complete" with masses of live animals, added more to look good on TV than anything. This, at the insistence of TV producers who know nothing about the hobby.

My supposition could be all wrong, but who knows. lol
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:29 PM   #154
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I certainly agree. It just sends a inaccurate message. I guess it's like the car shows that show how easy it is to bolt that super charger on, when it would take us a month.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:55 PM   #155
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I certainly agree. It just sends a inaccurate message. I guess it's like the car shows that show how easy it is to bolt that super charger on, when it would take us a month.
Great analogy! The sad thing is it's on a channel about "animals" while the show sends all the wrong messages (as you pointed out) about their care. I honestly don't expect better from Animal Planet and that's disappointing. Still, I watch the show and like it for what it is. If somebody ever comes out with a different show about aquarium husbandry I'd buy the seasons.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:59 PM   #156
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I like the show personally. I do hate some of what they do, they make it look so easy and thus people go out and buy their own tanks without doing anything. So, I am glad they are doing a little more to show how hard a new set up can be.

You also got to understand that the people that get the tanks don't care about cycling, how hard it is to keep fish a live. All they care about is the look, and it being fully stocked and taken care of without them lifting a finger. With that they look like they try to keep the fish alive wit the bio-starter stuff and the live sand and now the water they put into it that is straight from the sea.

Rich people don't care about animals and how much they cost. I know a lot of people don't care about fish.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:43 PM   #157
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Whatever their show is about, it is still NOT a good idea to show people they can keep rainbow sharks, bala sharks, and iridescent sharks in an 8 gallon!!! These are living creatures! This really bothered my in the NPH episode...
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I think we all agree.

Dear owners of ATM,

We love you guys and your work is spectacular. We would ask that you consider reinforcing the message that a tank full of sea life isn't a plastic bouquet of flowers on the table. There are careful considerations as to the stocking and long term care of the creatures that doesn't come across on the show well enough. We know this is entertainment television, but home owners that want to be in this wonderful hobby don't need disappointment. Saltwater has become vastly easier to do than even a decade ago, but we as a hobby are being closely watched as many think the fish and coral we take from the sea needs to stop. Even with breeding and fragging, much of what we house comes from the ocean. Our hobby needs to show responsibility in our care of these delicate creatures and not be seen as just a rich guys decoration for his pad or a corporate sponsors statement.

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I think we all agree.

Dear owners of ATM,

We love you guys and your work is spectacular. We would ask that you consider reinforcing the message that a tank full of sea life isn't a plastic bouquet of flowers on the table. There are careful considerations as to the stocking and long term care of the creatures that doesn't come across on the show well enough. We know this is entertainment television, but home owners that want to be in this wonderful hobby don't need disappointment. Saltwater has become vastly easier to do than even a decade ago, but we as a hobby are being closely watched as many think the fish and coral we take from the sea needs to stop. Even with breeding and fragging, much of what we house comes from the ocean. Our hobby needs to show responsibility in our care of these delicate creatures and not be seen as just a rich guys decoration for his pad or a corporate sponsors statement.

Thank you,
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:27 PM   #160
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Rich people don't care about animals and how much they cost. I know a lot of people don't care about fish.
i know a lot of rich people who take amazing care of their animals and even a couple who donate to animal charities. That type of callous remark is beyond ignorant. Yes, there are some "people" who either out of ignorance or blatant cruelty are inhumane to animals but it has more to do with individuality than with income. An individual can either choose to care well for an animal or choose not to. Low income pet owners sometimes sacrifice disposable income to provide for their animals. Others sacrifice the well being of a pet due to finance. Whatever the case, wealth does not equal cruelty.
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