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Preview of Fish Tank Kings Episode 5: "Fish Upon a Star"

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 07, 2012 10:00 AM
Advanced Aquarist received another prescreening of the next Fish Tank Kings episode, and this one is right up our ally. Living Color Aquariums sets out to install a 8x4 foot live coral aquarium, visits ORA farms, and designs a Malawi cichlid aquarium for youth.
Preview of Fish Tank Kings Episode 5: "Fish Upon a Star"

Max and his family appreciate their new giant coral reef tank.

• Fish Tank Kings, Episode 5: "Fish Upon A Star"
• Airs June 9, 2012 (Saturday) @ 10pm on the Nat Geo Wild TV Network

I'll keep this review short and sweet so as not to ruin the episode for you.  In a nutshell, Fish Tank King Episode 5 is the most aquarist-centric episode to date.  Living Color Aquariums is tasked to build a massive 650 gallon living coral reef aquarium, then a freshwater aquarium for former NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning's Overtown Youth Center. In order to stock the two aquarium builds, LCA takes us to not just one but two ornamental aquacultures.  Viewers first visit ORA Farms to gawk at their impressive array of propagated corals.  Next, we're taken to a tropical freshwater fish farm to pick out colorful cichlids for the youth center aquarium.

Like other reality shows about specialized industries aiming to reach a broader audience, this episode has its fair share of (forced) drama, hyperbole, and scripted dialogue.  Boss Ben overpromises a client.  Right-Hand-Man Ben stresses and stresses some more.  Fish-Geek Francis annoys his coworkers ... again.  I also found a few minor but notable factual errors throughout the episode (errors only aquarists may notice).

While the FTK Ep.5 is not perfect, fish and coral enthusiasts should find the show entertaining and a positive portrayal of our hobby.  Now if only we could get rid of the pesky "general audience" in order to focus on the aquariums and do away with the distracting drama ...

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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