Chad Ochocinco Sleeps With the Fishes
And we mean that literally. The New England Patriots wide receiver, known for his footwork on and off the field (who can forget that bare-chested "Dancing With the Stars" samba?), likes to bed down with a giant tank full of fish.
Ochocinco's Davie, Fla., home (below) has not just one humongous custom aquarium in it but two. The first is pictured above, surrounding his headboard. (He once tweeted that it was more interesting to his girlfriend Evelyn Lozada, shown admiring it, than anything he could apparently provide.) The second is a shark tank in his living room, which doubles as a backdrop for three flat-screen TVs. As if the sharks don't provide entertainment enough.
Ochocinco's not alone in his high-end hobby. Once a feature relegated to doctors' waiting rooms to calm nervous patients after they'd read all the People magazines, giant aquariums are the new trophy wife of private high-end homes. They have been installed as bedroom headboards, archways, set-in-the-floor "rivers," and along cylindrical stairways.
Ochocinco's headboard aquarium was made by Wayde King and Brett Raymer, whose Acrylic Tank Manufacturing company is the the largest aquarium-builder in the country. Their work can be found in casinos, public aquariums and now in the homes of a lot of rich folk. Count Steven Spielberg and Dr. Dre among their clients. The pair, who are based in Las Vegas, have their own show that debuted in August on Animal Planet called "Tanked."
The company can produce tanks in virtually any shape that hold from 50 gallons to more than 50,000. The largest private aquarium is believed to be 53,000 gallons, according to our friends at monsterfishkeepers.com, but even at 10,000 gallons, we're talking mighty large.
To see some aquariums that are even more over-the-top than Ochocinco's, check out the gallery and video below.
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