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Old 08-12-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Tanked?

Is it me or do these guys have it all wrong? Yes i do agree they make great loooking tanks but how can they add all those fish in a short period if time in no live rock... i havnt cared to watch many episodes but the ones i have seem like the tank wouldn't last longer then a few months.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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They actually dont last much longer then a few weeks. A worker at my lfs said he got to clean up thousands of dead fish a week after it was set up...
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
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Glad somebody else noticed this. The National Geographic one is better...at least they have a biologist (Francis) that they pretend to listen to.
I don't think it makes our hobby look very good. 99% of these setups won't last a year alive. And I wince every time somebody gets a shark tank built.

The other show based in Miami is better. They depend on artificial coral inserts most the time, but they did a reef tank and it was well thought out.
Look at the behind the scenes shops they work out of. Tanked is full of acrylic, some parrots (?) and that's about all you see. The Miami based show you see this Francis guy and thousands of gallons of holding and conditioning tanks. It looks like they precondition the fish then transport their water and the fish to the scene when doing a local install. They complain when asked to do a reef and insist on a maintenance contract, which I guess is kind of smart. Most of these customers seem to be using fish as art.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:13 PM   #4
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The only thing I like about that show is when they go and buy the fish.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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The guys seem to be amazing at doing what the title of the show says: building tanks. If I was their customer, I'd happily take their beautifully built aquarium and handle EVERYTHING else on my own. they should stick to acrylic and leave the livestock to their customers.
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The guys seem to be amazing at doing what the title of the show says: building tanks. If I was their customer, I'd happily take their beautifully built aquarium and handle EVERYTHING else on my own. they should stick to acrylic and leave the livestock to their customers.
I agree. Both shows build nice tanks, but after that...
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They do put a bad idea into a lot of people's head and kinda reaffirm what people that don't know already believe which is you can just put a bunch of really pretty fish in some water tight contraption yes a couple might die at first but everything will be fine in a couple days, which is certainly not the case with saltwater. I also hate when tanked, nysteelo (YouTube guy) , and some forum posters say I can do this the wrong way because I'm smarter than you and have been doing this for a while, but you should do it the right way. If that was the case wouldn't just their way become the right way?
And tanked is selling chemicals , foods and supplements, which makes what they are doing even worse, I believe they deliberately do not mention their supplements on the show because then they would be liable when people use their stuff and everything dies because they thought they could acclimate and cycle like they do on the show. I could rant about tanked all day, although I do enjoy parts of the show, but most of it is annoying, I dvr it so I fast forward a lot. The fung suei ? tank was a good one though. I bought a purple firefish because I saw it on that episode, but unlike them I acclimated my fish before dumping it in the tank.
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I think they acclimate. But the long term prognosis of a fish living in a phone booth aquarium isn't pretty.
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They acclimate and use cycled bio media in the sumps but if the fish last a few weeks something tells me people buy more then they can handle.

I don't know if the fish dying after a month or so is really all their fault. Seems so long for fish to live with no bacteria in there
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:58 AM   #10
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I live here in Vegas and visit a lot of their tanks, they use a chemical product and have pre acclimated bio media they pre cycle and use in their tanks. I have been to their shop many times and can say they have a decent success rate given the circumstances. People expect a tank to pop up in a few weeks, and they will pay allot to have it happen. You can purchase there chemical product in the petco here as well.

Do I agree with there methods? No, not at all.
Do I like there tanks, yes, of course.

They made a business out of a 30% death rate.
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