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Old 01-12-2013, 04:33 AM   #11
 
There are a quite a few LFS in Houston that will refuse to sell fish if your pH is wrong, ie aquarium world has several tanks that state low pH, brackish, and/or flat out says needs water sample for fish purchase. I'll take a picture next time I visit, just moved so I can't visit that often :(

As for the fish, yes I do agree it was stupid of him to show that tank considering he has others, but he knows how large they get and will attempt to dissuade people from buying them. Worse case secenrio is that he will trade out large specimens and rehome them
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:03 AM   #12
 
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As for the fish, yes I do agree it was stupid of him to show that tank considering he has others, but he knows how large they get and will attempt to dissuade people from buying them. Worse case scenario is that he will trade out large specimens and rehome them
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Fair enough but 442 000 people have watched that video.

This is pointless now, we've both made out points, you like the guy, i dont like what he advocated in one video. the video isn't exactly entirely useless - though i didnt pay loads of attention as due to the fish, the use of bleach etc that personally i just didnt like. Oh and the ''just use as much stress coat as you want, dont measure, just throw in'' approach. Just doesnt promote great practices.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #13
 
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the use of bleach for a start, then the lack luster use of cooking salt, the blase meauring of dechlorinator the main one for me tho has to be the bleach by far, i wouldnt dream of using it anywhere near my tanks
He has got some good practices like the frequent water changes, theres a nice part where theres a hidden bio filter.

You didnt find anything a bit on the shocking side?
Well, I don't buy into to everything he states, but I'm not really shocked...

> I would not stock a tank to that level, but [at least] all of the fish in that tank seem large and very healthy and the water is very clear.

> I would not use salt in a FW tank, but many people do and it's the subject of quite a longstanding debate. I think the amount typically used is small enough to be almost moot. To those that questioned it, there's no significant difference in the resulting effect between table salt and aquarium salt.

> I would be more careful measuring conditioner, but does a little extra really hurt anything? Seachem states that Prime can be significantly overdosed with no ill effects. (Reminds me of the cooking show where a contestant measured salt in the palm of his hand and one judge was aghast that he didn't use a measuring spoon...if you can't approximate a teaspoon of salt in your hand, get out of the kitchen!)

> I prefer to use white vinegar when running decor through the dishwasher, but chlorine bleach works fine. It's a great sanitizer and algae beater and rinses clean from plastics and rocks, so no worries. Btw, the dishwasher works great in the occasional cleaning of decor...just don't run your living plants through there.

> I'm not sure I would totally ignore a dedicated bio-filter, although it would likely run for months without the need for servicing.

Finally, I find him unique and a little eccentric or 'quirky', but would not defame him as some have chosen to do...especially seeing his results and compared to some of the videos out there revealing far worse practices.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:00 AM   #14
 
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Yea, I agree with Tigris and AbbeysDad on this one; I don't see anything "unbelievable" in this video, and we're all entitled to our own methods. Would I use his methods? No, but that's because I maintain a completely different type of aquarium which doesn't require that sort of maintenance. Would I argue against someone else following his advice? No, but I might give some of my own advice in addition to what was shown in the video.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:34 AM   #15
 
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I liked this guy. I found him very watchable (except that brief moment at about 5:01 where he looks at the camera), and I was glad for the tip on how to start suction on the siphon hose. I always have a hard time getting that started.

As for the number of fish in there, I can't say anything because dang, his gravel was so clean! I thought his tank was beautiful, and I don't have those fish, but I'm betting they all shoal together in a really tight bunch in the wild.

At the first, I thought it would be a fun drinking game to drink every time he said "fish tank" but then he kind of cooled it...I'm going to watch 2 now and see how it goes. :)

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Old 01-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #16
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I found his video more "entertaining" than informative. I disagree with some of his cleaning & dosing methods, but eh... it's YouTube.

I don't take what I see there too seriously besides that video was created in 2009. I'm sure his maintenance techniques have improved since then.

That guy has also has some "entertaining" cooking, Halloween & home improvement & pet store videos. Cooking videos are a bit scary, but everyone has their techniques.

Also the side gate he built himself looked nice, but he attached the gate onto stone wall with 2 - 10oz tubes of liquid nails?

I've also NEVER seen anyone feed their fish SO MANY flakes @ once with the filter on full blast. You have to watch that FEEDING video.

Overall, I give him an "A" for effort. TexasDave seems like a funny guy & even has a 1 year no questions asked replacement GUARANTEE on the most of the fish he sells in his store.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:42 AM   #17
 
Funny

I don't have to do any of that.


Funny funny vid tho

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Old 01-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #18
 
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Thats fine, your well entitled to support his shop, him, and his methods, but you wont get that from me. I'll gladly argue you tooth and nail forever over this.

Can you see my point here about the video - with a bit of context about the tanks inhabitants, I now see your point a little more, but its not me its going to effect, its the ignorant/newbie who will take that video from an expert as hard evidence of what can go in a 4 ft tank.

And on the refuse to sell fish, i'd call bollocks in that straight up.

I'm NOT going to change my original opinion, the best you'll get is;

In the context of the video, he is an idiot.
I totally agree
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #19
 
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Was that wine on the counter?
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