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the tv show tanked

Postby pfoster74 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:32 pm

the last episode they made a snake/fish tank that had a 100g tank built into the snake tank. my concern was that the fish tank was only 100g and they put 5 or 6 oscars and 3 other species in the tank. my thoughts were it seemed like alot of oscars for a 100g? i have african cichlids and angelfish tanks so i don't know as much about the south american cichlids.
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby Fishnut71 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:36 pm

100gal is way too small to house that many Oscars.

I don't particularly care for that show. Tried watching it a bunch of time, but just didn't do anything for me
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby pfoster74 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:02 pm

i googled the tank and it looks like a 70,000 dollar tank so pretty ridiculous anyway you look at it
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Postby sumthinfishy » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:01 pm

The show does nothing for me. My thought on pretty much every tank is its maintenance, and accessibility. As a hobbiest I would be more interested in seeing the day to day upkeep. Id like to see some of these tanks after 6 months.
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby thiswasgone » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:02 am

You could make 3 Oscars work in a 100g, however, 2 is already pushing it. The issue is none of them will ever reach their full potential or live long lives due to a number of factors. On average Oscars grow 12" in home aquariums, so while you could shove 3 Oscars in a 100g, don't expect them to reach that size due to stress and bio-load. Even if they placed the best bio-filter in the world on that 100g to support the bio-load, that would just lead to larger fish and a more likely chance of territorial battles. Also fish have different personalities, especially visible in Oscars, so if one of them is more violent then the others it will kill/bully the others for space. In short, while the idea works short term, long-term it will become a blood bath.

Also the main difference between Africans and New Worlds(South, Central, North American) cichlids IMO is color, personality, and size. Africans tend to be smaller, more colorful, but have less personality. New Worlds on the other hand tend to be larger, less colorful, but have more personality.
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby mambee » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:16 am

I hate that show and never watch it. The focus always seems to be on the gimmick or theme and not the beauty or behavior of the fish. Sure, you can make a tank out of a pinball machine. Are the fish going to be happy?
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Postby onedownloader » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:05 pm

Hate it, the amount of time given to fish and fish keeping are almost nil. Its about a couple of loud mouths
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Postby DJRansome » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:18 pm

I don't hate the show, but don't take fish advice from it. :thumb:
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby elbmek » Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:16 am

We get it on cable tv here in UK. Like a lot of reailty shows from across the 'pond' I find them brash and over the top. So I tend not to watch much tv anymore as its too Americanised, no insults intended. Stand on yer mark, look at the prompt at all times etc etc. We dont have that in UK tv progs. Its all too fake. Anyway, 'Tanked' is a posers programme, look at me, see what I have got, never mind if the fish has to leave his tail hanging over the side!! :fish:

So saying I do watch 3 progrs on tv; NCIS, NCIS LA and NCIS New Orleans, funny and entertaining but thats a different topic
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby Tony La Morte » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:56 am

The show is a waste. Would serve the hobby to have a show on how and why to do things, setting up a tank maintaining it going over all the different fish and their needs, That would be entertaining!

Instead we have a bunch of knuckle heads building a fish tank inside a 57 Chevy, Geezzzzz, they should get in and drive it off a cliff... That I would watch. :)
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby PlantFishMan » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:55 pm

I hate the show too. Heard from a friend a while back that knew someone on the production crew that they have a lot of problems with the tanks they build for people on the show within a few weeks or months after they install them but that never makes it on tv. Not to get too off topic there was a great and informative show on tv back in the late 60's, I used to watch this 1/2 hour show early in the morning when I was getting ready for school ( I think it came on around 6:30am), it was called "From Guppies to Groupers" - it was great for beginners and intermediate hobbyists. Any 'old timers' out there remember that show?
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby mambee » Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:02 pm

Yes I am getting old and yes I remember the show.
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby Vegas4247 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:20 am

I stay in Las Vegas and have only seen the show a few times. That sounds like a lot of Oscar for 100 gallons, they need a lot of space. Maybe someone will get more coin if they need to go back and put new fish in... Unfortunately a lot of hobbyists go through a lot of fish/trial and error before they figure out what will and will not work. I currently have 9 Gibberosa Moba in my 135 gallon and they need more space. Had I planned better I would have purchased a larger aquarium or went with a different species.
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby Woundedyak » Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:13 pm

Its all done for tv folks. Most of those fish are re-homed or die before the film crew is even done packing up. In most cases the whole build is designed and built by a local tank builder.
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Re: the tv show tanked

Postby sirdavidofdiscus » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:25 am

National Geographic channel use to have a show called Fish Tank Kings. These guys also claimed to be the number one custom tank builders in the US. Much better show for the hobbyist. At least they had a marine biologist working for them. Unfortunately it was too scientific for the average dumbed down tv viewer.
Tanked sucks they are more concerned with making a fancy looking tank than anything else.
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