The heart of our “fully-immersive” dining experience was designed and created by two brothers-in-law who run the largest aquarium manufacturing company in the nation, and are featured on Animal Planet’s hit series, TANKED. President of TradeWinds Island Resorts, Keith Overton, and Dr. Guy Harvey presented Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) with the challenge of building three saltwater fish tanks, including a giant 33,500 gallon aquarium in RumFish Grill on St. Pete Beach. After accepting the challenge, Wayde and Brett were told they would only have one month to finish the project. Since no job is too big, too far, or too outlandish for the ATM crew, they assured Keith and Guy they had it all under control.
Our project was definitely one of the most unique that TANKED has ever featured on their show. As with any project, there were unexpected setbacks, miscalculations, and mega time crunches. However, they were able to pull it all together to create a truly amazing showcase for RumFish Grill. Not only will visitors get an up close view of these fish, but guests at the RumFish Beach Resort will also have the opportunity to snorkel in the giant tank. Now that brings a whole new meaning to getting TANKED! All three tanks feature fish that are indigenous to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico including snook, grouper, tarpon, southern stingrays, and even a green moray eel. Lionfish, an invasive species now causing havoc on the reefs of Florida and the Caribbean, are featured in the predator tank in our bar area, too!