KUSA - One of the biggest custom aquarium businesses in the world is getting bigger, and it's all thanks to a reality TV series airing on Animal Planet.
"Tanked" follows the activities of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) in Las Vegas, and partners Brett Raymer and Wayde King.
ATM prides itself on "turnkey" setups-everything from the tank, the stand, all the woodwork, the facade, the pumps, the filters, and the coral inserts that are created and installed.
ATM installs aquariums internationally and are currently the #1 manufacturer in the world for custom-shaped tanks. Using an in-house oven and a technique called thermal forming, they can actually bend acrylic and shape it to whatever the client wants.
It also means that they can make tanks as large as their clients desire. One of their top tanks is in Scotland and is a whopping 32 feet tall and 11 feet in diameter. Since there was no crane in Scotland large enough to support the aquarium, one had to be driven in from London. Located on what used to be the Gleneagles golf course, the tank is in a four-story private home that was designed around the aquarium. The tank and installation cost $1.6 million and has everything from sharks and rays to triggers and angelfish.
They also built a million-gallon dolphin pool with acrylic viewing windows. By putting acrylic viewing panels of sufficient thickness in cement or fiberglass-reinforced plastic, there really is no limit as to how large an aquarium can be.
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