Ecollywood: Odds and ends
'Tanked' aquariums, TV tune-ins.
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Creating spectacular indoor homes for fish is what Acrylic Tank Manufacturing or ATM does best, and brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer are back on Animal Planet for a second season of 20 episodes starting April 14, designing everything from small aquariums for kids' rooms to giant tanks for hotels and casinos. "We cater to everybody, anywhere in the world, any size and any shape," says King. "We've done pinball machines, a dolphin pool, and the entrance to a church in Texas that's 70 feet long, seven-and-a-half inches thick, weighs about 58,000 pounds and holds 70,000 gallons of water. They built the church around it. You dream it, we can build it."
ATM has done that for celebrity clients including Steven Spielberg, Kobe Bryant, Dr. Dre and this season, Gene Simmons and Tracy Morgan. Some customers are hobbyists who enjoy cleaning and caring for their tanks, but others rely on maintenance services. "We hook them up with our affiliates," says Raymer, who finds that clients often know what they want "but don't know the compatibility of fish. So we guide them in the right direction." Just like in nature, a balanced ecosystem is vital: "In living reef environments, you have to be very careful about what you put in," Raymer adds, "because you don't want to put fish in that are going to eat the reef."
Tune in: In the wake of the tornadoes that swept across the U.S. last April, PBS' "Nova" examines how tornadoes form, why they're becoming more extreme, and what can be done to predict them and protect ourselves in the special "Deadliest Tornadoes," premiering April 11. On April 14, Food Network presents "Hunger Hits Home," a documentary about childhood hunger in America.
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