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Old 07-04-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
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Do bowfronts have a tendency to leak?

Hello All! I have a 46g flatback bowfront and have had no problems with it (6 months and counting). I am drooling over a 90+gal corner bowfront and/or a 70+gal flatback bowfront, but was told by one storeowner that the larger bows tend to leak. Has anyone had this experience? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 07-04-2006, 06:48 PM   #2
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Not if they are well-made, no.

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for the price, they better not leak even if I drop em 5 feet onto a concrete slab
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i have a 92 corner w/ no leaks !!
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I think the quality of the tank would determine if it leaks or not....There could be a possibility of stress fractures, if the tank is not level, tht might cause a leak.... Are you talking a regular tank or a pre-drilled tank?
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Welcome to AA! I have had a 29gal bowfront for 18 months and no leaks at all.
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Old 12-09-2006, 09:34 PM   #8
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I think maybe the owner of the store might have some cheap bowfronts because all the ones I have seen I think the biggest was a 175 gallon and it was pretty old and didn't leak a drop.
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It all depends on quality. Some generic store brands like Top Fin make aquariums with thinner glass and shorter frames.
My dad has a 5+ year old 30 gallon all-glass aquarium used heavily...
He bleached the insides before, he has rotated the whole tank on its stand alone with 25% water in it...
He just pulls the stand away from the wall and turns the tank slowly around with a bit of help, so yes, sometimes at least 10 inches of tank has no support under it, and it has not leaked a drop or cracked.
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No leaks on my 26G bowfront, and it's over 2 years old.

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