Written by Mat Roy

I always watch the Indianapolis 500 and have been a huge fan of Indy car racing since 1988, so when I found out that one of the most successful American open wheel drivers, Ryan Hunter-Reay, was interested in commissioning an aquarium from Living Color, it was just awesome. 

The type of aquarium Ryan wanted and the location he wanted it placed inside his home certainly posed a challenge because it could only be done right the first time with no excuses.  The wall it was going to sit against was multi-level with different differing floor and ceiling levels that we had to fit the aquarium around, but at the end of the day it fit like a glove.  TV show aside, fitting this tank just perfectly was a really nerve wracking experience.  We didn’t just double and triple check the dimensions – we quadruple checked them.  The measurements and dimensions had to be on par because the last thing I wanted to do was to disappoint Ryan. 

During the entire fabrication process I was very hands-on and we were able to incorporate his logo in several ways on the acrylic as well as inside the tank.  Then, we also took a replica of Ryan’s car and had to make sure that every spec of metal was clear coated so that it didn’t harm the fish.  His tank is a one of a kind custom piece through and through.

Now that the aquarium is in place Ryan has been kind enough to invite me to a couple of races.  He gave me pit passes and I was able to stand next to Ryan’s car for the “start your engines” announcement and that was really cool to be able to watch him get geared up.  I never thought I would get to be a part of anything like that.  Being able to talk about the cars and get Ryan’s perspective as a driver was really neat.  Very cool experience!

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Catch the next episode of Fish Tank Kings: Finsanity, Saturday, May 26th at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo WILD.

Comments

  1. Scott Corrigan
    Seattle
    June 1, 2012, 10:45 am

    Great Episode! Love the racing car and octopus. Jose is inept though and Matt’s man crush was so funny!

  2. Matt Smith
    Texas
    June 2, 2012, 10:29 am

    Why would anyone do business with this Matt idiot, if your not a race car driver, it is basically screw you???? If I wanted a tank I think I would go with Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) over this race car drivers are more important company…

  3. Chris
    Orlando
    June 3, 2012, 8:11 pm

    This show is a million times better than the other show on animal planet, this need to be airing on the other natgeo station so we can see it in HD not just digital.

  4. [...] to stare at that 150-gallon fish tank in Fort Lauderdale. In fact, the National Geographic Channel filmed a segment for its show “Fish Tank Kings” at Hunter-Reay’s house a few months [...]

  5. Jason
    Canada
    November 1, 2012, 12:05 pm

    This guy should not have a fish tank, a red sea max basically runs itself and this clown basically let it go to hell in a hand basket. Its called a water change… maybe stick to racing.

  6. Fishing tours
    Canada
    November 7, 2012, 4:12 am

    What a lovely aquarium..If I wanted a tank I think I would go with Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) over this race car drivers are more important company…

  7. [...] near his Fort Lauderdale home, and why he works on his breathing by free diving. It’s why he has a 210-gallon custom-built saltwater aquarium in his home, and it’s why we decided to skip a formal interview in favor of a trip to the National Aquarium [...]

  8. [...] his Fort Lauderdale home, and why he works on his breathing by free diving. It’s why he has a 210-gallon custom-built saltwater aquarium in his home, and it’s why we decided to skip a formal interview in favor of a trip to the National [...]

  9. Dan Winick
    Nokomis, Florida
    May 28, 2013, 7:21 pm

    The amount of commercials that advertise this show, are staggering. I’m completely turned off by one commercial after another. I will NOT watch this show because of this fact.

  10. Amy
    September 16, 2013, 8:06 pm

    That fish tank is really awesome. Like it! Thanks for sharing and keep posting.