Discussion in 'The Bucket' started by Dingo, Aug 19, 2011.
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It's kind of crazy how up in arms this forum gets when someone does something different. This is the same reaction that guy who wanted RGB moonlights got, That thread got like 60 comments that were negative about it, saying he was nuts! About a month later... Ecoxotic came out with there RGB light lol...
I understand everyone who has an issue with the husbandry techniques.
But those of you complaining about, the cost, tvs, phone booths, and shark tanks I don't get. The tanks they built.. all of them, were for people who already had tanks. They don't need another of the exact same thing. A glass box with the same stuff in it. This is design show. A vegas casion doesn't want or need the same tank that any of you can have in your living room. If you can have it at home, why the hell would you go out of your way to see it there?
If you are building your 4th tank like the guy at the custom shop.. Why get just another glass box. Or the 3rd major set up at your mult-million dollar home like the quarantine people. (a large portion of the $30k was custom installation don't forget, plumbing outside, custom tanks, etc) And especially any vegas casino...
They are building for people who wouldn't use a tank like we are used to seeing.
I actually talked to a few people at ERI about the show who refused to be shown on it. They wanted to use the show as a way to get their name out there, but did not want the show to share much about them. The person that i was speaking to said that they actually do act like that all the time and are complete idiots without a clue.
I thought the show was OK, it's meant to be a reality show and not a documentary on how to maintain a health saltwater aquarium.
Keep in mind that we are not seeing everything that goes into setting up the tank. For example, they used tap water (which is fine for fish) to fill the tanks but we never saw them mixing salt.
Within an hours time they showed part of a 1000 gallon tank being built, installed, filled, all decorations including two flat screens, fish added, cleaned up, all the dry wall and construction repaired, plumbed and the list goes on and on..... With all of that being done on a one hour TV show do you think we saw everything they done?? In reality it probably took them a week or two to complete the job, guaranteed not one hour.
So, to say that the tank was not cycled and so on makes not since when you take everything into consideration. To put 26 boxes of fish into a 1000 gallon tank is not a problem at all if done properly. Keep in mind that these guys do aquarium maintenance and they get paid for water changes.
I dont think the show would be all that entertaining if they placed a camera on a couple floating dead shrimp for a week so everyone can see that bacteria was present when adding the fish.
Its obvious that these guys are very successful in what they do and I really don't think they are killing everything they sell.....
In all, keep in mind that its a reality show meant for entertainment and not a documentary on how to maintain a healthy aquarium.
Thank you for the very well put reply. I've been trying to say a variation of this for some time now, lol
Honestly I don't think it would make that huge of a difference if they were bad at husbandy, I bet they are the only people on that coast(maybe the US) that would do that level of customization to a tank.
If you want a tank like that you would probably have to go to them.
unless curt would you make me a tank inside a space ship?
Stocking large tanks quickly can be done easily without any fish losses. Do you think that when I put a 700 gallon tank in the nursing home, or the 3000 aquarium in a local business-owners house I tell them, I'll be back in 3 weeks to do some water tests and then possibly I'll bring you a fish. They would be furious!!! There is a reason why I kept several mesh laundry bags filled with thousands upon thousands of bioballs in the sump. When there's a little die-off from aquascaping the LR, the Ammonia is instantly converted as is the Nitrite. (There's also very little die-off as I used misters filled with saltwater to keep the rocks damp at all times). One week later, we take some bioballs back. On the next visit we take some more back, and on and on and on.
I even use a similar method on dinky little nano-cubes and bio-cubes. Their sponges, ceramic rings, bioballs, etc are kept colonized with bacteria at the store. When we sell a new nano, they are bagged up with saltwater. We open their box to make sure everything looks good, then we take out their new ones and give them the same thing colonized with bacteria. The new ones get put into a working tank and the cycle repeats.
I find it very amusing how the ENTIRE saltwater community, wherever you go, are talking about the show. Man, I bet they are getting endless calls at their office right now. LOL
That is a very good idea and very helpful for people setting up new tanks. Helps them avoid the whole waiting a month to actually do something with their tank.
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I think the funniest thing I have seen about the show is on another forum a guy started a thread calling for people to call PETA, green peace and other such organizations to boycott the show, shut down animal planet channel and all kinds of wacky stuff. If the show didnt get shut down he was selling everything he owned and get a new hobby. The guy was border line needing a doctor I think, I just hope his new hobby dont involve firearms.
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