Extacly! That show is unethical at best. Very sad for the tons of fish that will die due to them protraying the wrong idea about what saltwater aquarium is in reality and the care for it, and their really unethical choice of fish and the way they treat them.
I would rather watch "hooked", I bet less fish die in that program than in "tanked".
I would not say that that many animals will be directly affected through their bad treatment
. In this case, any "reality" show on saltwater tanks will probably cause people to impulse buy without research. I really don't think it matters if it shows good practices such as waiting for a tank to cycle or not - a lot of these things are about instant gratification and not caring about "the rules" even if you are aware of them. Even so, if you learn all you know about aquariums from a TV show, even it's telling you all the right things, it's doubtful you are going to succeed without further research. Let's be honest, as has already been stated, a show on the nitrogen cycle would be considered pretty boring by most people :\ Hopefully people will research if it sparks an interest in them. I guess I don't like the idea of a show on aquariums in general when we have the internet (especially youtube)
That being said, I do not like the way they treated the fish. I have no idea why they felt the need to pull the snowflakes and cowfish out of the water when they are easier to observe under water when they aren't all shiny. However, I don't think they are purposefully trying to treat the fish badly or treat them as cash. Normal people don't go out of their way to kill or hurt animals - it's usually done out of ignorance.
Hopefully something is going on behind the scenes that we can't see.
Edited by JaneG, 22 August 2011 - 09:54 PM.