MOVE OVER KING NEPTUNE, THERE ARE NEW FISH KINGS IN THE WATERS
Don’t forget to watch new series Fish Tank Kings beginning 4 December 2012 at 7.00pm exclusively on Nat Geo WILD (Astro Ch 550)Extreme fish aquariums are the ultimate status symbol, and the people who are on the cutting edge are in high demand. Nat Geo WILD’s (Astro Ch 550) new six-episode series Fish Tank Kings, premiering 4 December 2012 at 7.00pm, dives into the demanding, pressure-filled job of pulling off these massive underwater creations. Fish Tank Kings follows aquarium specialists at Living Color as they use their unparalleled skills, creativity and teamwork to pull off the most extreme of these tanks, where the drama and pressure of the building process is nowhere as serene as the final product.
Fish Tank Kings boasts a cast of thousands of fish — from the giant Pacific octopus and rare captive-bred porkfish to blacktip reef sharks and lionfish. From selecting the fishes to choosing the reefs and corals, clients will change their mind ten times in the process. Acrylic will be formed and displays will be artistically created, and we will be there for every reveal.
Meet the Fish Tank Kings
Each episode follows the dedicated team as they work to create some of the most impressive fish tanks ever developed: Mat Roy is the president and is responsible for overseeing all projects and running operations at Living Color. His favourite part of the process is seeing the look on clients’ faces as they view their aquarium for the first time. Francis Yupangco, lifelong fish geek, oversees the construction and marine life in the custom tanks. Ben Alia is the senior project manager, whose expertise allows the team to fabricate the most sophisticated of designs. Jose Blanco is production and safety manager, planning and creating a happy home for the fish. John Manning is life support system designer, responsible for creating intricate systems in small spaces that will ultimately keep the exotic creatures inside the tank healthy.
Premiere Episodes Include:
Fish Tank Kings: 7th Inning Catch (4 December 2012, 7.00pm)
Mat is beside himself with excitement at the possibility of creating fish tanks for a one-of-a-kind location — the home plate backstop of a brand-new baseball stadium for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Miami Marlins team! The MLB believes that this aquarium cannot be done, and Living Color is set to prove them wrong. With Miami Marlins President David Samson breathing down their necks, the Living Color team comes up with a design that they hope will function as a backstop as well as keep the fish — including the rare captive-bred porkfish — from dying on the field in front of millions of Marlins fans across the country. Meanwhile, Jose cannot get back on track with his already slammed production schedule, and an overlooked design flaw in the Marlins’ reefs could botch the delivery date completely.
Fish Tank Kings: Pimp My Tank (11 December 2012, 7.00pm)
Mat meets up with Allan Marshall, who runs the biological operations at the impressive Florida Aquarium. After taking Mat on a tour of the incredible facilities, Allan expresses that he wants a fresh take on an old exhibit and is interested in showcasing rarely seen deep-sea fish. Mat knows of a submarine in the Caribbean and gets Allan excited for the unique adventure. Additionally, Mat has promised a repeat client an 11000-litre aquarium in just three weeks! Upon learning that they have a bunch of jobs on the dockets and one requiring a tight turnaround that has risen to top priority, the team is dismayed. After leaving Ben in charge of the warehouse, Mat takes off to the Caribbean island of Curacao with Allan to locate some deep-sea fish for their new exhibit. It is crunch time, with the guys in the warehouse stretched to the limit and Mat attempting to get Allan some exquisite creatures — including the deepwater dragonette and the deepwater scorpion fish — to showcase.
Fish Tank Kings: Finsanity (18 December 2012, 7.00pm)
Mat can’t wait to meet one of his sports heroes — Indy car legend Ryan Hunter-Reay. Meanwhile, at the Tennessee Aquarium, Francis meets a giant Pacific octopus suffering from harmful chemicals that have leeched into its water from a poorly-constructed rock feature. To save the octopus, Francis must turn to Jose to build all-new and 100%-safe aquarium rocks, all while avoiding the Tank Boss, Mat, who has demanded the warehouse work on his pet project… or else! It’s a warehouse showdown as Mat’s pet project takes center stage while Jose is racing to save an octopus’s life. Can Jose avoid a single-minded Mat? Will Jose and Francis be able to stand each other long enough to get this job done? The life of an eight-legged friend depends on it.
Fish Tank Kings: Fish Upon a Star (25 December 2012, 7.00pm)
Ben and Francis head out to meet up with a previous client, Max, who is looking for a massive upgrade in a tank — he wants one three to four times the size of his current aquarium. He already maintains the environment he currently has and wants to do so again, but this time he wants a live coral tank that will be one of the largest residential tanks of its kind in southern Florida. Then, it is up to Mat and Ben to take on a new client, former Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning. Upon arriving at Alonzo’s home, they see he already has an aquarium. The basketball sensation explains that he does in fact want an aquarium, but not for his home — for a youth centre he started that helps at-risk youth.
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