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As seen on Animal Planet's hit show Tanked, rowdy brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer build outrageous, larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind tanks for some of the most striking fish—and clients—around. No job is too big, too far, or too outlandish as they and their team at Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) in Las Vegas make the dreams of fellow fish enthusiasts a reality. They’ve created tanks, from 50 gallons to one million, to look like cars, kegs, phone booths, treasure chests, and more for unusual locations, including casinos, churches, hospitals, mansions, museums, and restaurants.
They built a mega tank for a Dallas megachurch and a treasure chest for a children’s hospital. The Las Vegas Monte Carlo commissioned a jellyfish tank for its subzero cocktail lounge. Everyone rocked out when legendary rock band KISS came by to celebrate the unveiling of the over-the-top tank at their mini golf course. Neil Patrick Harris taught the guys a thing or two about Houdini while Wayde and Brett taught him a thing or two about the magic of aquariums. Tracy Morgan went crazy for his Jaws-themed basement tank, and hijinks ensued when a Jackass producer wanted a two-ton saltwater tank for his man cave. (Wayde and Bret didn’t pull any punches—well, almost.)
Tanked: The Official Companion features the inside story of how they climbed to the top of the shark-infested world of custom aquariums as well as fascinating profiles of the cast, detailed overviews of ATM’s top builds, never-before-told stories from behind the scenes, celebrity testimonials, the Official ATM “Get Started” Aquarium Guide, and fun sidebars like “Fish Facts” and “Ten Great Beginner Fish” so now you can get Tanked at home, too.
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.