Originally Posted by Gregcoyote
I think what we have been exposed to is the scripted story. It is the reported aftermath that has gotten attention on this forum. And granted, maybe only one or two systems have gone bad out of many. But those systems that went bad were designed based on showing off tennis shoes , not keeping the fish alive. And I believe those few tanks doesn't send a good message to anyone with a conservationist viewpoint.
I also am a small business owner and agree that it is gratifying to see a success story like theirs.
I have to agree with Greg that seeing a small biz success story is a nice thing to see these days.
As stated previously, we don't get to see the real behind the scenes stuff and those tanks are not made in 30 or 60 minutes for sure.
There's a lot of stuff we don't get to see. Having been part of designing and building 2,500 gal
systems, I know what it takes to get those tanks fish ready. We don't see A LOT!!!
I think we need to better understand that this show is a show, not a teaching forum, educational programming or any such animal. That being said, I believe that if enough people complained to Animal Planet, they woud put some disclaimer on before and during the show. Maybe something like " The following program has been edited for entertainment purposes and there is more involved to creating the aquatic environments displayed on the program than showed." Maybe we can start a campaign?
Theme tanks have been around for a long, long time. Their show is just showing a larger audience of their existance. Whether you agree with them or not, their goal, I'm sure, is not to just "throw a bunch of fish together and hope for the best." Maybe the plan doesn't always work but that does not make them wrong for doing the plan. If you've noticed, whenever they talk about sharks and rays in a tank, they always discuss rounded corners. Do you think they let the over crowded ( in my opinion) tank in the little boy's bedroom (who was going to be recovering from heart surgery) just die off? There is some thought, I'm sure, behind their efforts.
In the time I was out of the business, there seemed to be an explosion of new mentalities in regards to keeping fish. Many areas where fish were collected for me are now no longer sustaining fishlife. You could try to blame the hobby but the truth is that there are many areas around the world, where fish are not collected for the hobby that cannot sustain fish either. We are experiencing changes on a global scale. Everybody is entitled to have their opinion as to why this is happening. What you do about it is the key.
From a consevation standpoint, don't buy wild caught fish or invertebrates. The trickle down effect of this will be eventually less fishlife being taken from the seas. This will also encourage more tank breeding, which was in it's infancy when I was in the biz. Have any of you seen the colors ( or lack of colors) on the first tank raised clownfish? By today's standards, those fish were just ugly. Now we have all kinds of color morphs. It takes some time but it does get done.
From the hobbyist standpoint, do EVERYTHING you can to prolong the lives of what you have in your tanks so you don't need to be constantly replacing your stock. ( Sorry nano tank owners, I just don't agree this is a good way of keeping marine species
From a business standpoint, EDUCATE your customers. Run classes, hold meetings, form fish clubs in your store to better educate why the fish need the things you are suggesting to the customer. Maybe that will curtail the reckless ways some "hobbyists" set up their tanks.
Bottom line, you can complain all you want about the show but unless you are willing to do something about it, you really are not part of the solution.
That's my opinion