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TradeWinds unveils huge new restaurant aquarium on St. Pete Beach

A 33,500-gallon "snorkel aquarium" overlooking the dining room of a soon-to-be-opened St. Pete Beach restaurant got its big reveal Friday.

RumFish Grill & Bar at the Guy Harvey Outpost won't open until the end of the month, but the aquarium was showcased at 10 p.m. Friday on the Animal Planet show Tanked, which chronicles the operations of the brothers-in-law who own Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing.

The show's creators asked not to reveal spoilers before the show airs, but it will be stocked with indigenous fish such as snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, grouper, snapper, small sharks and eels in the largest tank the show has ever created. Guests will be able to get behind-the-scenes tours and even snorkel in the tank and feed the fish.

"We wanted to showcase the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay fish," said TradeWinds president Keith Overton. The result was flown from its production scene in Italy and dropped into the restaurant by a 12-story crane, because "one panel alone weighed more than 10,000 pounds."

The show's stars, Wayde King and Brett Raymer, and Guy Harvey himself will be at a meet-and-greet with fans from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the site, 6000 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach.

Information from Times staff writer Sharon Kennedy Wynne was used in this report.

TradeWinds unveils huge new restaurant aquarium on St. Pete Beach 05/16/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 16, 2014 8:45pm]
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