Yea it seems like this season they are getting into a little more of the technical and fish care aspects which is good, but you gotta figure most people dont want to hear that they like to see big, shiny, fancy tanks that blow your mind. I keep my DVR set for sat night so I dont miss it. Have to admit I wouldnt mind working there one bit.
I think the shows pretty cool. The only thing i think would be cooler is if all of their marine tanks that they do, didnt have fake coral inserts. I think it would be much more interesting if they did more natural tanks for clients
I recently saw a commercial on national geographic wild for an upcoming show called Fish Tank Kings. Looks to be in the same vein as Tanked, should be interesting to see what differences there are between the two shows.
I can't stand that show. At first I was sort of excited to see a show that relayed our hobby to the masses. I liked their ideas for tanks .....but that is where it ended. It's all about how the tank looks not about how to take care of the fish. I see them put about a thousand dollars worth of saltwater fish in a tank that they just set up....it just makes me cringe to think about how those fish are going to be dead in a few days. They don't take the time to cycle the tanks. On one episode they poured in a bunch of sand.....waited for it to settle....then added a bunch of sharks and rays in to what looked to be about 120g. I wonder how many fish they have killed for the sake of a mediocre show.
I gave it a chance for a couple episodes, and watch the reruns sometimes when I'm bored, but I wasn't impressed. It's always nice to see more mainstream exposure for the hobby, but they don't seem to care much about the fish. For instance there was that episode where they made the skateboard ramp tank. Yeah, it's an interesting engineering puzzle to make an acrylic tank capable of supporting the weight and abuses of a moving skateboarder, but how do you think the fish feel about being skated on? They're going to be freaked out and stressed into sickness.
That, and the artificial decor really grates on me. It's not even very nice looking fake coral...
I don't really like the show for a few different reasons:
They don't seem to be very knowledgeable on the fish they put in their tanks. They don't think about stocking, and just add a lot of random fish. They have only used real corals once on the show. They fill time with random pranks and dumb stuff that isn't even fish related.