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Attorney Installs Shark Tank in Office

A shark tankIt started out as a joke — a lawyer putting a shark tank in his office. "I said, 'What would it take to put a shark in a lawyer's office?'", and it kind of took off from there, said attorney Christopher Gillette.

On Monday, a crane hoisted a 1,000-gallon aquarium up to a second-story window in Gillette's new office.

"I can't watch," Gillette said as half a dozen workers guided the roughly 8-foot-long, 4-foot-wide and 4-foot-tall tank through the window. Gillette plans to fill the saltwater tank with a miniature marine ecosystem, including at least two sharks — a blacktip reef shark being flown in from the Caribbean Sea and a bamboo shark that will be hatched from eggs in the tank.

To support the tank's weight, engineers and architects reinforced the floor joists and created other structural supports. When completed, the tank and stand will weigh around eight tons.

When the project is complete, people can watch video from wireless cameras inside the tank at http://www.cjgillettelaw.com and http://www.ccaqua.com.

Gillette, who practices family law, said the tank serves more than an aesthetic purpose.

"I wanted to create an atmosphere where people would feel relaxed and be comfortable discussing very personal issues," Gillette said. "People seem to be comfortable with fish."

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle & Ap
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