Animal Planet: Tanked

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Pretty cool show if you're into aquariums. They create some amazing tanks. My only complaint is that they don't focus enough on the technical side of it, choosing rather to focus on the "characters" who work at this company.

http://animal.discovery.com/tv/tanked/
 
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It's the worst possible show on television. The people make me want to punch them constantly until my arms break. It's worse than Jersey Shore.

I watch it just for the cool shit they build, but I generally fast forward to the build and completion parts because I hate these stupid fuckers so much.
 
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Like I said, they're following the reality show model too closely... trying to develop characters rather than focusing on the science of it. But to compare it to Jersey Shore is fucking stupid, these people are contributing members of society.
 
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Like I said, they're following the reality show model too closely... trying to develop characters rather than focusing on the science of it. But to compare it to Jersey Shore is fucking stupid, these people are contributing members of society.
They might give $20 million a year to charity and be the best people for the economy since Adam Smith, but I would rather watch Jersey Shore than anything in this show outside of the tanks and the fish.

And I fucking HATE Jersey Shore.
 
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And FYI, I posted about this show probably 2 weeks ago in the Aquarium Fanatics thread in Off Topic, so I do watch it, I just fast-forward through the dogshit.

The kid's ship bed was amazing.
 
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I love aquariums, so I'm watching this. But like you guys said, the actual show is unwatchable; The "characters" the cookie-cutter format, etc.
They've got the "Relationship is suffering because of the business" episode, the "Pranks at work" episode, it's all garbage.

I gotta say, the Reef forums and boards pretty much hate the show because they're not really showing the guts of the "Hobby". I've been arguing with people about understanding that it's a show... they're not going to show a tank cycling, they're not going to show them dripping a starfish for 4 hours.
I mean, do you really think they went to that one casino place, and didn't know that the only water line in was hot-water? I doubt it... They thought the race against the clock angle was good, and they'd have to put ice chunks in to make it work and what not.

All that aside, it's a cool show I guess if you're into tanks. I think some of them look really really lame, since they try make it into a theme. I don't want a football and a baseball glove in my tank, or a tommy-gun.

I really don't think the show is going to cause people to go out, by a tank, fill it up, and through 50 fish in there. I have to believe people are smarter, or can do 5 minutes or research.

BTW, there's no way I'm sleeping under a tank. I don't care if it holds 4X the tank's weight or not. No way...
 

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So it's Extreme Home Makeover: Aquatic Edition?
 
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No, they just make specialized tanks basically.
Like someone was from NYC, so they made a tank out of an old phone booth (NYC style?), with like some "NYC chotchkies" in it.

They made someone who owned a car dealership or something one made of an old car. Someone who owned a 50s diner got one made out of an old jukebox with a swim through record player and stuff.
They try to put fish in there that are the same theme, I guess... Like black and white fish for the 50s diner, "Manly Fish" for the sports guys.
 

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How to Get a TV Show 2011 Edition:

1- Do you have a blue collar job, such as cobbler?
2- Do you, or anyone on your crew, have at least one tattoo?
3- Do you, or anyone on your crew, have a goatee?

If you answered 'yes' to all three of those questions, Congratulations! You're a basic cable star.
 
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I gotta say, it pisses me the fuck off every time they go to the fish supplier and handle the fish outside the water -- especially the fucking puffers. Talk about bad habits being pushed as acceptable.
 
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In the show it looks like they fill up the tank and fully stock it as soon as it's full. At first I assumed they must be monitoring the levels and changing water as needed until the tank is cycled, but they travel across the country to set up tanks. How are all these fish not dead within 2 weeks? This is just one example of them not explaining the technical side of it. How many idiots are watching this and then putting 50 fish into an uncycled tank?
 
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How many idiots are watching this and then putting 50 fish into an uncycled tank?
But to that argument, you can say the same with any show. Just because I watch Storage Wars doesn't mean I'm going to go down to a storage place and blow $3,000 on a room and then find nothing in it because I don't know what I'm doing.

I could be wrong, and they might just be throwing the fish in: Fill it up, throw them in, let the owners deal with it. But I have to assume that since their reputation as someone who does tanks, and presumably know a little about fish, the show is being edited.
Edited to create drama, edited to only show the interesting stuff.

Maybe not, maybe they're just idiots.
 
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I used to have a buddy who set up tanks like this for a living, and for a typical set-up like these guys do they'll typically bring water and media from a system where everything's already been cycled and running for years.

To the point being made, though, yeah, they show stupid shit like running water hoses into the tank then immediately dropping fish... Hell, they never even talk about salinity when adding fresh water.

It's a stupid show meant for the rubes, and if you're not watching for the cool tanks you're probably too poor to afford to do a salt-water set-up anyway. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

I want to hear about the guy who watched the show, feels like he knows what he's doing, and tries to build his own tank out of acrylic and PVC pipe.
 
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Well you would assume they are using established filter media, but this too requires cycling to a lesser extent. They should be explaining this shit.