Over the years, aquariums have experienced a surge in popularity. They have a big presence in American culture, as evidenced by the Animal Planet TV show Tanked. The show is in its 4th season, the latest episode airing this past April.
The show follows the operations of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, the self-proclaimed world’s largest manufacturer of customized aquarium installations. It is a family-owned business operating out of Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World. The show is an intimate look at the aquarium industry, its trials, tribulations and triumphs. It also shows that custom-built tanks are pieces of art, built with care, precision and love.
Each episode revolves around the building of a unique aquarium. Past aquariums have been a car theme tank, a 1,000 US gallon mob-inspired tank, a beer-keg tank, a Feng Shui tank, a pinball-machine tank and a treasure chest tank for a children’s hospital. Their client base is like a who’s who in the entertainment and sporting world, including Neil Patrick Harris and Bart Scott. They also build aquariums for the average Joe.
The show does a good job at educating the public on the artisanship of aquarium building. For those of you who still think an aquarium is throwing a couple of goldfish in a fishbowl should check out Tanked. It will be a revelation. Building someone’s aquarium is helping him or her realize a dream. It is also a challenge that requires a deft hand and ambitious spirit, a creative collaboration between artist and client. Check out Tanked. After watching just one episode, you will have a new appreciation for the aquarium industry.
At Arizona Aquarium Gardens, we encourage people to follow their aquarium dreams. We will do all we can to make that dream a reality. Contact us today!
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