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Bowfront 4 16.00%
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:52 PM   #1
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Bowfront or Standard?

Hello! It's been a while since I've posted. Glad to see it's still an awesome community.

I am trying to decide whether to purchase a 175g bowfront reef-ready system or have my 135g standard tank drilled. Money isn't the issue - I just would like to see what others prefer. I've only seen stocked big bowfronts a few times so I'm not sure if I'll miss my box view or not.

For those of you with bowfronts... any regrets?
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:54 PM   #2
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Bowfronts in my opinion blure your view.
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:57 PM   #3
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Yes, I could have sworn I've noticed that or heard before. Thanks! I do enjoy photographing my reef and pets so please vote and post your opinions to help me!

Thanks alot!
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:00 PM   #4
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Personally I like the look of the bowfronts. They just seem to come out at you! I just like that deeper look because it looks like you are acutally in a reef and not a painting.
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:05 PM   #5
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Definitely... I just wonder how photography would turn out. I'd also require a stool to do anything frag-wise!
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:15 PM   #6
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I dont know about the photography, but I'm sure there is a way to do it. You could always make your own stool for frags also. Just get some aquarium glue and some plexi-glass. I'm sure there are some articles that can show you how to do it. Good luck with it either way!
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To me the bow front just gives you a distorted view. I dont know what it is but it`s just different. Maybe that`s the problem, I just dont want to be different.
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:04 AM   #8
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Ntswift, I meant a stool as a means to reach within a deep tank I personally prefer a natural reef look over shelving.
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I like standard better. The bowfront makes the tank looks wierd. Everything in a bowfront looks distorted as melosu said. That's just my opinion
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I'm a bowfront owner and I don't find any distortion whatsoever, provided you are looking at the reef perpedicular to the glass and not from one end of the bow looking down towards the other.

I take pics of my tank with no ill effects in the outcome from having the bow. Cleaned glass is the real make it or break it factor.

I'll post a pic of the last photo I took of my new clown so you can be the judge.
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