Sales tide rising at Bottled Ocean, Inc

Orlando Business Journal

Published: May 4, 2012

By Bill Orben

Who do you call when you need a fake swamp with live gators?

Bottled Ocean’s Greg Lund (Photo Credit: OBJ, Jim Cardichi)

Bottled Ocean’s Greg Lund (Photo Credit: OBJ, Jim Cardichi)

Orlando-based Bottled Ocean Inc. built a 6,000-square-foot re-creation of a Louisiana bayou to promote the History Channel’s Swamp People, a reality TV show about the people who hunt for alligators. Set up in New York City for 12 days in February, the exhibit had seven live alligators and a chef preparing Cajun delicacies.

“They brought a level of authenticity and detail to the project,” said Ande Lund, senior project manager for Civic Entertainment Group LLC, which staged the exhibit for the network.

With projects like the Swamp People exhibit, Bottled Ocean Inc. is on track to record $1.2 million in 2012. “A lot of things fell into place for us this year,” said Greg T. Lund, president and CEO.

Formed in 1995 as an aquarium construction and management company, Bottled Ocean got into aquatic management and consulting in 2006 when it took over Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center’s seven different themed water areas. That led to Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La., contracting with Bottled Ocean to help develop its bayou-themed atrium.

“If you help other people achieve their goals, you will achieve yours,” said Lund.

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For Bottled Ocean Inc., it’s all fishy business

Orlando Business Journal

Published: January 7, 2011

By Anjali Fluker

Bottled Ocean Inc. CEO Greg Lund

Bottled Ocean Inc. CEO Greg Lund (Photo credit: OBJ, Jim Cardichi)

Warehouse space isn’t just a production area for Bottled Ocean Inc. — it’s a rehabilitation center.

But not for people. Rather, the Orlando-based custom aquarium/coral maker, maintenance and sea-life rescue firm needed to make sure its space was large enough to accommodate eight 55-60 gallon tanks for sick or injured fish to get better, plus separate coral tanks. It also has a table that’s used to pack tropical fish going out to customers or to unpack foreign fish coming in from other countries.

The firm moved to a 3,000-square-foot warehouse in east Orlando six years ago after hurricanes Charley, Francis and Ivan destroyed its former space near Orlando Executive Airport. Though its current space is smaller, it’s more suited to the work it does, said President and CEO Greg Lund.

“After the hurricanes hit, we had to scramble to find a new spot,” said Lund. “The space we’re in now was just being finished at that time, but we had our pick and were able to build out the way we wanted.”

The company didn’t need to focus much on choosing colors for the warehouse space — the tropical fish provided most of that. Instead, needs included making sure there was space for hospital tanks as well as the boat the company uses to collect sick or injured fish and other small sea creatures. Once rescued, the creatures are treated and then put into separate quarantine tanks before they are delivered to ­customers.

Along with that, the company receives shipments of tropical fish for its custom residential and commercial aquatic systems from places such as the Philippines, Fiji, Hawaii, the Florida Keys and Haiti. The climate control in the warehouse has to be ideal to adjust to the high humidity indoors and outdoors, Lund said.

“Our fish are coming from all over the world,” he said. “They have long traveling cycles and are boxed and shipped for days. It’s a process that has to be handled very delicately.”

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Bottled Ocean Awarded Custom Aquarium Contract for Nemours Children’s Hospital at Lake Nona Medical City

Bottled Ocean's Baron Kozy and Greg Lund unveil life-size projection of 1,500-gallon tank

Bottled Ocean’s Baron Kozy and Greg Lund unveil life-size projection of 1,500-gallon tank

Bottled Ocean, an Orlando-based aquatic management solutions company, has been awarded a contract, by Skanska USA Building Inc., to design and install a custom 1,500-gallon fish tank in the new Nemours Children’s Hospital at Lake Nona, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.

The eye-catching tank will host a colorful variety of corals and marine life, and will weigh in at 14,000 pounds and stretch 16 feet long and 10 feet tall. At an impressive 30 inches wide, an adult could actually swim short laps across the tank! The tank is designed to hold between 40-60 large fish. The world-class custom aquarium tank will also feature energy efficient equipment. Both Nemours and Skanska have worked very closely with Bottled Ocean, Inc. to realize the project from concept to reality.

“As a small business owner, I am very excited to see the growth opportunities that are arising from the development of Medical City,” said Bottled Ocean President Greg Lund. “The economic benefits for small business are happening right now, which couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Bottled Ocean is an innovative leader in full-service aquatic management with an unwavering commitment to environmental conservation. From custom residential and commercial tanks to large-scale waterway management, Bottled Ocean’s aquatic expertise is unmatched. Designing world-class tanks for celebrities and Fortune 500 companies, Bottled Ocean currently manages the world’s largest known Euryhaline exhibit at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.

Opening in 2012, Nemours Children’s Hospital will bring best-in-class children’s health care, prevention and research to Central Florida. Designed with the help of patient-families and health care professionals, the 95-bed hospital will be part of a 60-acre, fully integrated health campus within Lake Nona’s 600-acre Medical City that includes the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Florida’s Academic and Research Center. Additional information about Nemours can be found at


Bottled Ocean TV debut on Animal Planet’s “Tanks For The Help”

This coming Friday evening at 10pm, EST, Bottled Ocean, an Orlando aquarium builder, will make their television debut on Animal Planet. The pilot is a spin-off of the very popular show “tanked” which is in its 7th season.

The show, “Tanks for the help” was produced by the same executive producer from Glass Entertainment.

We hope you enjoy it and get a chance to see who we are and what we do.

Thank you and we look forward to you watching this with you!