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Old 12-30-2003, 02:12 PM   #1
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Why go bowfront?

I have noticed bowfronts have really become the thing to have, everybody is getting them and everybody is selling them.

Why do people love the bowfronts so much?

Is there some advantage to the bowfront that I am missing? Why are they so popular?

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I personally don't want one. Something about curved glass doesn't sit well in my mind, and even if hundreds swear it doesn't, I still can't help but think it'll distort the view of my fish.

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I have a 46 bowfront that was given to me by a friend. They are more of a "show" tank, which is part of what makes them so much more expensive. I personally love the way they look, but would npt have shelled out the extra money to buy one. They don't distort the fish at all, IMO, but that's only my opinion.
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I'm kinda with ferret. Curved just doesn't sound all that great to me either. Not that I wouldn't take a free one in a heartbeat.
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It's a slight curve that just adds to the visual appeal. I have 2 (46 and a 72). I love them. they do distort a tiny bit when right up next to the glass but doesn't interfere with photography at all. They are a little more difficult to light but not too bad. For a stand alone tank, withought a wall mounting or specialized canopy, there is no better. my opinion of course
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I like the bow look, it does not noticably distort anything. It gives a great appearance and give a bit more room to put rocks in the middle.
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You have the next level from the bowfront and tats the corner bow front tank. They have a larger bend in the front.

If your looking directly into the tank they dont distort but if you look across the bow the view is a bit confusing. At least to me.

The bow does give you slightly more surface area per gal and with more surface area you have more space inside the tank for decorations.
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my problem with say, a 72g bow front, is that same footprint, 48x18, is also a 75g or 90g. most likely for much cheaper, i might add. i like bowfronts, i do, theyre very attractive, but for the cost of a 72g bow i can buy a 90g and some equipment for it. now oceanic makes a 30g cube, that id almost shell out the money for.

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I agree with you Centurion... that 30 gal cube is sweet!
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For a show tank, the larger bowfronts cant be beat, and the fish seem to have more swim room while still being able to use ALOT of rock in the tank. That to me is the nicest advantage. Full reefwall at the back and room for activity in the front.

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