The Official Companion
Lyons Press, 9780762796816, 280pp.
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
List Price: 26.95*
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Co-owners of Las Vegas's Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) and stars of the Animal Planet hit show Tanked, rowdy brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Ryamer build some of the most enormous, awe-inspiring aquariums for top celebrities, luxury hotels and casinos, Fortune 500 businesses, and millionaire homeowners across the country, taking on tanks ranging from 50 gallons to 50,000. Jackass producer Jeffery Tremaine commissioned a two-ton salt-water tank for his man cave--and hijinks of course ensued. The guys kept their gloves on when the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship ordered the ultimate "Aquagon" for UFC headquarters. Then Wayde and Brett tried to beat the clock when Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade asked them to create a pop-up tank featuring his new Sting Ray sneaker at the unveiling party during NBA All-Star weekend. In the newest episodes, the guys bring their clients' wildest visions to life with: a Cleopatra sarcophagus tank with fish from the Red Sea for an archeology-themed room at a boutique hotel; a retro rocket-ship aquarium for the headquarters of Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop with candy-colored fish and fizzing soda bottles; a giant lava lamp tank that changes colors, glows in the dark, and features jellyfish; a smokin' hot aquarium to honor Fairleigh Dickson University's Devils with a lifelike fire element; and a slot-machine tank for a wedding chapel in Las Vegas. Tanked: The Book features detailed, in-depth profiles of ATM's top builds, the inside story of how they climbed to the top of the shark-infested world of custom aquariums, fascinating profiles of the cast, never-before-told behind-the-scenes stories direct from the set, celebrity testimonials, and fun sidebars like "fish facts" and "tank tips" so everyone can get tanked at home.
About the Author
Wayde King, CEO of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, grew up on Long Island, and his love of aquariums began at an early age with his family's basement aquarium. In partnership with his father-in-law and brother-in-law, King designs and manufactures the largest and most extravagant aquariums in the world. With over 35 years in the business, he aims not only to please the customer but to keep the fish happy as well, focusing on eco-friendly practices and sourcing sustainable marine life. Brett Raymer, COO of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, hails from Brooklyn, New York, and jumped at the chance to help his family--including sister Heather, who married Wayde--create their tank-building dream in Las Vegas. Known for his infectious confidence and ability to wheel and deal, Brett has brought ATM some of its most loyal clients (and Wayde some of his biggest headaches). A single dad, he cherishes spending time with his two children, Kayla and Bryce.
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