The famed Ethel M Cactus Garden took on a new complexion this holiday season: the arrival of an underwater environment amid the festival lights. Animal Planet’s hit TV Show, Tanked, made a visit to Ethel M Chocolates Factory this month where the Las Vegas duo of Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing constructed a custom holiday-themed aquarium to go along with Ethel M Chocolates’ 25th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden Lights display.
The tank will debut in the show’s holiday episode, A Merry Fishy Christmas, airing December 14, 9 p.m. EST / PT on Animal Planet, and will remain in the garden until January 6.
The show earned its name by creating some of the world’s most opulent fish tanks for celebrity clients. The brothers-in-law and business partners behind Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, wanted to bring a holiday, cactus-themed tank to Ethel M’s cactus garden in time for the garden’s annual holiday light display which is free to the public.
The tank exhibits fake cacti to replicate Ethel M Chocolates’ cactus garden, freshwater plants, and GloFish to simulate the holiday lights. Standing seven feet tall, the six-foot wide tank is filled with 520 gallons of fresh water and weighs in at close to 6,000 pounds. It is located in the heart of the Cactus Garden Holiday Light display, which features three acres of cacti decorated in over a million colorful lights to celebrate the holiday season.
“Thanks to Animal Planet’s well-known Las Vegas duo, we are excited to debut a custom tank among this year’s holiday lights,” said Oren Young, General Manager of Ethel M Chocolates. “We’re excited the addition of the tank will offer both our visitors and fans of the show a dynamic, new experience in our garden, in addition to our new life-sized snow globe and outdoor food truck.”
The holiday cactus garden and factory store are open November 6 – January 6, from 8am – 10pm, with the exception of Christmas day. For Santa hours and more information, please visit www.ethelm.com/store-locator. For more information about upcoming Tanked episodes, please visit www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/