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Old 11-06-2011, 04:04 AM   #16
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I set the DVR to capture them and got six episodes. They are entertainment. They have an internet presence too, and there you can see that much of the buffoonery and Jersey Shore Idiocy is stuck in by the directors. Pretty much like what they do in pro wrestling, just to keep the attention of viewers who have very short attention spans.

Even when there were TV shows like Guppies to Groupers and the other one, what was that called, if a little entertainment value wasn't added, the show became a tiny niche audience that could not support the show being renewed.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:04 AM   #17
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Did anyone see the bit about the church aquarium?

That was massive.

As for Animal Planet, I don't really know what their shows are like. Is the Caesar guy with the dogs on AP? That show is pretty ok.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:51 PM   #18
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yuck...imo
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:10 PM   #19
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I was able to catch a couple of episodes at my parents house on Thanksgiving day. I'm surprised PETA wasn't all over them for the tank/skateboard ramp... I kept trying to catch the fish everytime that guy went up the tank on his skateboard but they never showed the fish... talk about some stressed out fish. Also it seems like they over load new tanks with tons of fish from day one, I just couldn't help but think about the fate of those poor fish. Sad that their giving the public the idea that those things are good/okay to do with fish.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:55 PM   #20
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First, let me say that all this jaw Tanked is getting about "uncycled tanks" and about how they don't know what they are doing is complete crap.

They know what they are doing. They have been in business how long? If they didn't know what they were doing, would they still be around? I mean really.

There are many ways to cycle a tank. I am pretty sure they dump a bunch of instant cycle bacteria into the tanks and give detailed instructions on how to take care of it. If they didn't, would they be successful and have their own TV show?

Use your brains people. Tanked sure is.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:21 PM   #21
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First, let me say that all this jaw Tanked is getting about "uncycled tanks" and about how they don't know what they are doing is complete crap.

They know what they are doing. They have been in business how long? If they didn't know what they were doing, would they still be around? I mean really.

There are many ways to cycle a tank. I am pretty sure they dump a bunch of instant cycle bacteria into the tanks and give detailed instructions on how to take care of it. If they didn't, would they be successful and have their own TV show?

Use your brains people. Tanked sure is.
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For one, we see a half hour of a show or an hour crammed down from days/weeks/months of footage. I'm sure they have a huge facility full of live rock and live sand they draw from or order from that is already cycled. The whole part about cycling is to build up bacteria in the filtration or live rock for saltwater. I am getting a new tank today. I am going to take a HOB filter already running from 1 tank and a sponge filter from another tank, fill with water and add my shrimp from another tank all at the same time. I don't anticipate any problems. The filters have been running for months and will be full cycled and loaded with bacteria, so what is wait for? If I don't add livestock and start feeding right away, the filter bacteria will die in a new tank without adding any food source for it and then I'd have to cycle. I started with one tank and have pretty much instant cycled 6 more off that 1 main one. Hell, I just setup a new 125gal with a sump, took 4 sponge filters from my shrimp tanks, squeezed them into the overflows, and done, cycled. Crystal clear water, tests fine, no problems at all. And again, we don't see lots of stuff going on, its reality TV, its made to look like they'll never meet the deadline and hurry around and do everything last second and how much of that is TV trickery, we don't know. Who's to say, they don't tell them, wear the same clothes as yesterday and lets film the rest tomorrow once the tank temps and salinity are right, we don't know.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:31 PM   #22
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That's all fine and good, it would be nice if they would make it a point to have that little (and very important) tid bit of information injected into the show. The general public that watches something like that is going to get the impression that they can go down and set up and fill their tanks to the max with fish all in the same day... and don't think for a minute that all lfs or Petsmart employees are going to inform new buyers about the whole cycling thing.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:41 PM   #23
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Well, by the looks of it (from cycling perspective and stocking) they always go to reputable dealers. Same as LA Fish Guy. And I am sure that they really know what they are doing. After all, how do you build the largest acrylic tank company without professionalism?

However, I can't help thinking that the cast, in their own mind, feel odd about the fact that they are REALLY OVER ACTING!!!! Or maybe they just got bored of running a successful company and wanted some celebrity?

As for aquarium servicing companies, does anyone service fresh water? Is there even a market for fresh water aquarium servicing? I can see the need for it with saltwater (larger, showier tanks, more complex system) but is there anyone that handles fresh water? Or is it just maybe the larger installations?

Either way, I love the lively conversation and this is the reason I joined PT.

Thanks for the feedback everyone!
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:58 PM   #24
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Anyone notice that the phone booth aquarium is for sale on a popular auction site?

There was a video where one of the owners of ATM explaining how Animal Planet edits out all the technical aspects like cycling, proper fish stocking, etc.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:03 PM   #25
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Anyone notice that the phone booth aquarium is for sale on a popular auction site?

There was a video where one of the owners of ATM explaining how Animal Planet edits out all the technical aspects like cycling, proper fish stocking, etc.
That's the tank I was thinking was very overstocked (even if they did an instant cycle).
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #26
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Here's a comment from http://animal.discovery.com/tv/tanke...-the-show.html
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David Cooley Mission Viejo, Californiawhat's unfortunate, is the crews at ATM have no clue what they are doing with water chemistry etc... They use TAP WATER to fill the tanks, then dump the salt mix in, then a few hours later dump in fish... Tap water has Copper and other elements that can KILL saltwater fish and other marine life... and the salt mix should be mixed for at LEAST 24 hours before putting it in a tank to get the CO2/O2 balance correct and allow all elements to fully dissolve and stabilize. so far, MOST of the tanks they have built have crashed and killed all the fish within days of being put together... I personally know the guys that had to collect the dead fish from the skateboard ramp tank, clean and sterilize the tank, then use RO/DI water to mix the salt with , fill a tank in the back of their truck, and take it to the tank to properly fill it.... Unfortunately, this is cruelty to animals on the part of ATM.
The phonebooth tank is listed on eBay right now with a buy it now price of 6999...
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:47 PM   #27
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Problem is a boring show talking about dosing and filtration picks isn't going to make ratings. You need deadlines, pressure, conflict for a TV show. Maury would be no fun for TV if every guy turned out to be the dad and accepted responsibility. Big brother wouldn't be fun if everyone got along in the house and made flower hats all season. Kitchen Nightmares wouldn't be fun if the owners did everything Ramsey said and didn't beak back and think they were better than him. Its TV. The only thing you can take from it is that maybe it will inspire someone to start getting into aquariums. These tanks are also for people to have and not maintain very much either. Who wants to spot feed 7 different types of corals different foods and this fish this kind of live food only, and this fish needs 3 feedings a day and stuff. Coral's need to be fragged off and lots of other maintenance like a planted tank. Just like a planted tank, its not for everyone. Lots of people rather have fake plants and not worry about CO2, ferts, big WC's doing EI dosing, mixing their own ferts, powders and chemicals everywhere. Fake plants, fish, done. lol.
I agree. I think it is sweet just what they turn into a fish tank. As for the fake plants and decor, we don't like it but some people do. you cant really make a tv show to satisfy the .001% of the population who actually wants to learn about keeping a planted tank. That's why we all come here lol.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:55 PM   #28
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I give the show 2 fins up!!!
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #29
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Prompted me to start this thread -- http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...ks-thread.html
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #30
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I really like the show... I must admit that I had some issues with the cycling part of them putting fish in with doing this very important stage. I did check out the animalplanet.com to see that with only a 1/2 hour to 1 hour of putting together a show they do it in stages like all of us. I did see that they do live rock and corals in some aquariums...
The show is getting better with season two.
My favorite episode is the little boy Chilli with his bed/aquarium.
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