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Old 01-13-2005, 08:13 PM   #1
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Bowfront tanks.

There's a good looking 75 gallon bowfront tank on sale at my lfs. I think it looks nice, but I was curious if anyone knows if the shape will affect the view of my tank at all.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:40 PM   #2
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personally i don't like bow front tanks. i honestly think that looking at them you can tell it's bowed and things just don't look right.

maybe it's just me and my eyes though, because otherwise i don't even understand why they would sell them. but to me it makes things look strange, and gives me a headache if i look too long.

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Old 01-13-2005, 08:52 PM   #3
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I have a 46 gallon bow front tank and it looks fine to me and there has been no problems with it.
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:33 PM   #4
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I think bowfronts are fine - except the ones that are "corner" tanks, where you have an angle at the back and a curved piece across the front creating a three-sided tank. I think those do distort the view of the fish and it is disorienting to me when I go to the LFS and they have display fish in them.
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I think that the larger bowfronts produce much less distortion than the smaller ones. I have a 7 gal bowfront and I just never liked the way it showcased my fish. The optical distortion was very noticeable aand not very flattering.

Like I said, I don't think think this would necessarily be the case with a 75 gal bowfront, but if I were you, I would check out a couple of lfs in hope of actually seeing one that was stocked with fish.

Two other things to keep in mind is that a 75 gal bowfront probably has the same footprint as a cheaper 90 gal standard tank, and that bowfront tanks look much, much better on more expensive bowfront stands.
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Hmm, thanks for the advice. I think I can live without a bowfront, I was just curious.

BTW, is that glasscages.com a reputable supplier? Those are some cheap cheap tanks.
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I have a 72 gal bowfront that I love.
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Hey if It holds water and I can keep fish in it. I like it!!
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Old 01-14-2005, 03:42 PM   #9
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My 29 bowfront has notably more disortion than a comparable rectangular tank. My other problem with bowfronts is reflections. I find that if there is a light or window facing the front of the tank, you get reflections off the front glass across a wider viewing angle than you would with a regular tank. It depends on the geometry of your room, of course, but it bugs me with my setup right now.
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I'm into trying to photograph my fish, and I think a bowfront might hurt that.

BTW, once again, it'd be cool if someone could vouce for glasscages.com that'd be cool.
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