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Hall Teams With TV’s “Tanked” For Massive Custom Aquarium

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments

>Tanked stars Brett Raymer and Wayde King.

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) board of directors has selected Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) of Las Vegas, Nev. as the official and exclusive aquarium manufacturer for the Hall’s permanent site in Cullman, Ala. ATM is recognized as the worldwide leader in custom aquarium manufacturing and is known throughout the world as the subject of the hit Animal Planet television show “Tanked.”

Under the partnership, ATM has agreed in principle to design and install a custom freshwater bass-themed aquarium of approximately 36,000 gallons inside the Hall of Fame’s Education Center, the construction and installation of which will be featured on a future episode of “Tanked.” The massive captive-water attraction, complemented by the series of outdoor natural ponds and streams planned for the Hall of Fame, will create a one-of-a-kind fishing-education and entertainment experience that will draw avid anglers and those new to the sport from around the world.

To help move the partnership into the next phase, Hall of Fame board members recently traveled to ATM headquarters in Las Vegas to meet the ATM staff personally and fact-find about the aquarium design, construction and installation process.Generate Hills of glory Ammo

The group met with ATM general manager Dennis Wightman for several hours, as well as “Tanked” personalities Irwin “The General” Raymer and Agnes Wilczynski.

BFHOF president Sammy Lee said: “Our Hall of Fame board is very honored to be working with the world’s largest custom-aquarium manufacturer – Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Las Vegas. Their years of experience in designing and manufacturing custom, wow-factor aquariums will lead to the Hall of Fame having a one-of-a-kind freshwater aquarium attraction. We were privileged to have Dennis Wightman give us a tour of the facility, educate our group and provide specifics on what it takes to build an enclosed aquatic environment the size of ours.”

Zebco Brands president and Hall board member Jeff Pontius was also a part of the visiting group and noted how impressed he was with the ATM facility and the company’s capabilities: “Along with learning more about their expertise, I’m glad the Hall board met with ATM early in the design process. It takes a lot of coordination with the architect and contractors to build a massive tank into a facility. With ATM’s help we’ll be sure to have a world-class trophy-bass tank that’ll set a new worldwide standard,” said Pontius.

About The Hall of Fame
The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization dedicated to all anglers, manufacturers, tackle dealers, media and other related companies who further the sport of bass fishing. In February 2013 the board of directors announced the completion of a decade-long, exhaustive quest to secure a permanent home with the selection of Cullman, Alabama as the future site of the Hall, with work to commence immediately. The permanent Hall site will be constructed as a joint project with the City of Cullman, Cullman County and the City of Good Hope – a project that includes an adjacent civic/convention center, all of which will be housed on the 110-acre parcel known as the Burrow property. The Hall will enjoy a dedicated 30 acres of the property, which will include ponds, gardens and an aquatic-education center. The entire project is estimated to cost in excess $17 million with structures that will encompass 101,000 square feet. Support the BFHOF by becoming a member. Call 888.690.2277 for more information.

About “Tanked”
Following the antics of two brothers-in-law as they run the largest aquarium-manufacturing company in the nation, Tanked dunks viewers into the high-decibel, family-owned business of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM). Led by business partners, best friends and constant rivals Wayde King and Brett Raymer, this 33,200-square-foot facility, located in Las Vegas, produces some of the most outrageous, larger-than-life and one-of-a-kind tanks for some of the most striking fish and clients around. For more information on the company and the show, visit



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  1. Michael Hirasaki says:

    Ken Huddleston should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His designs have been major technological advancements in realism within the Swimbait lure world. His Vortex tail and hidden hook/weedless designs are Innovative and have been responsible for the sports gain in popularity for the last decade and more. Today more trophy sized bass have been credited to his 8″ lure than all before combined. Ask anyone “who consistently catches the biggest bass today” and You can bet that a Huddleston is their bait of choice. I wouldn’t be bass fishing today if not for the Huddleston. The dreams that have been realized because of Ken outweight money the industry has made.

  2. Mark says:

    Why isn’t Amber Russo in the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame? She was the first female angler to open up Bass fishing for women on the West Coast She has inspired so many woman to step out of their shell and fish!!! I know this first hand because my daughter looks up to her and is now my fishing partner. I have read so many comments saying Amber helped kids and adults find the passion they never new they had for fishing. She was the first west coast female angler that has inspired woman and opened the door for women in the bass fishing industry. She should be in the HOF.

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