From WMBF News partner MyHorryNews.com:
Even before it's up and running, the Horry County Museum's aquarium is about get national attention.
The hit TV series "Tanked" was in Conway filming the installation of the Blackwater tank today and will continue tomorrow.
The show airs on Animal Planet Fridays at 10 p.m.
The Horry County Museum episode is scheduled for September at the start of the new season.
Museum director Walter Hill said he has been working behind the scenes for more than a year to get the film crew to the museum.
"They told us a year ago that they would be interested in filming this project because it was so unique and it has finally come together," he said.
The crew, including stars Wayde King and "Redneck," were busy moving the large, three-piece aquarium to its spot of glory under the spiral staircase at the entrance of the museum yesterday.
Crews will piece and glue it together with silicone.
After the silicone is added, the aquarium will need 10 to 14 days to dry before crews can fill it with water and fish.
Matt Carter, executive producer, said crews will come back to film the unveiling, which won't be open to the public; however, the museum will have its grand opening not long after the filming of the unveiling.
"We want the aquarium to be installed first before we have the official grand opening," Hill said. "The museum will still be open while we finish the project."
King said the project has had its challenges because of its size and shape.
"It is a difficult build, but we think people will really enjoy it and enjoy the episode," he said. "Lots of people would have turned away a project like this, but we were excited to take it on."
The show "Tanked" is a 40-minute reality show that follows "the antics of two brothers-in-law as they run the largest aquarium manufacturing company in the nation called Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM). "Tanked" "brings the secrets of the underwater world to the surface with a comedic twist, leaving viewers amazed and enthralled with each project from conception to final reveal," according to the "Tanked" website.
Each episode takes 40 to 60 hours to film.
King said he can't wait to see the aquarium completed.
"Every project is exciting, but this one is cool because of its size, shape and where it is located," he said.
Hill said he is excited about the show and especially about the aquarium.
"This has been a dream of ours for a long time and it is great that the aquarium will get some extra attention," he said. "The show will also allow us to get our name out there and show the country that Horry County has a great museum."
The Horry County Museum Foundation funded the aquarium project.
The museum has been open since October at its new location in the Historic Burroughs School located at 805 Main St. in Conway.
The Horry County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., except on county holidays. Call 915-5320.