The largest fish tank ever featured on an Animal Planet channel show about fish tanks is nearing completion on St. Pete Beach.
Its construction inside a new restaurant at the Guy Harvey Outpost is being videotaped at every step, with the "big reveal" scheduled for an episode of "Tanked" in mid-May.
However, a very large sheet of Plexiglas was installed Thursday, giving a better sense of the tank's size.
"The main viewing window in the dining room is 30 feet wide by 10 feet high," general manager Keith Overton told FOX 13 News. "There will be approximately 80 fish in there and 25 species of fish from sharks to redfish to grouper to snook -- all Tampa Bay Gulf of Mexico fish."
One end of the tank is shallow, creating room for a viewing tunnel underneath the aquarium.
"Fish will swim above and also you can get a long perpendicular view of what's inside the tank," Overton said.
The restaurant will also have indoor and outdoor bars and a large store filled with Guy Harvey merchandise. All of the artwork will also be by Harvey, a world-renowned painter of fish who heavily markets his work to finance conservation projects.
"The dining room is going to be the showpiece of all Guy Harvey artwork...there'll be originals here, prints..." Overton said, adding it will all be for sale.
Registered hotel guests will also have limited opportunities to snorkel in the 33,000 gallon fish tank, or fully submerge with "...a breathable mask with oxygen coming to it so you can actually stay under water for a longer period of time and interact with the fish," Overton explained.
The aquarium's nationally televised debut is set for May 16th. The restaurant will open to the public a couple of days later.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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