Bow Front VS Tall Square AQUARIUMS

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I've decided for the new tank I will be buying relatively soon I will either go with the Aqueon 26 gallon Bow Front Starter Kit or the Aqueon 25 gallon Premium Starter Kit, which has a glass top and is a tall square shape opposed to a long rectangle. Not sure which would be best for me, and i'm kind of worrying about the bow front tank distorting my view and causing headaches/problems. I would like to run this tank for a very long time and I enjoy sitting right in front of my tanks and watching the fish do their thing. Any thoughts, comments, opinions on either of these tanks before I make my final desision? Feel free to comment all advice is welcome.
 

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I have the Aqueon 36 gallon bowfront and I love it! It's more decorative than a regular tank - the distortion is minimal - I don't really notice unless I am looking at it from the sides. If you are looking from the front, objects are a bit bigger than a regular tank, but not distorted.
Why not go to a lfs that has one set up and try it out?
 

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I would consider the two tanks dimensions along with the stock I wanted to keep in it. For example if I wanted angelfish, I would pick the taller tank most likely. Not that I'm recommending angelfish in a 25 gallon. On the other hand, if I were planning on danios, I would want as much horizontal swimming space for them as possible.

I can't comment on the bowfront and distortion, I've never owned one and haven't noticed it in the ones I have seen.
 

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Oh and also, with the bowfront you do get a little more footprint
 

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I actually own a 26g bow front and 29 gallon version of the other tank your talking about... I tend to stare at my bowfront more... I love how it makes things a little bit bigger!
 
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All a big help guys! I'm glad that you mentioned Angelfish because I do plan on Angelfish someday, my pet store has some very little Angelfish, only like a Nickle-sized. Angelfish fascinated me one time when I was a child in a pet store and I'd really like some little ones. Once they get big I believe most pet stores are willing to buy them back right? The main species I plan on having will be the Angelfish, but along with that some Guppies, Kuhli Loaches, and Pygmy Corycats. Both tanks appear very nice quality to me.

I would definately like to see a bow front in person, but unfortunately there aren't any set up at my LFS. All we have in my city is Pet Smart, Pet Supermarket, and Incredipets. Incredipets is the only with display tanks and the only bow front is a two gallon acrylic display for some kinda glow fish. They do have incredible saltwater displays with marine fish, gigantic shrimp, and tons of corals though.
 

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While the pet stores would probably take the angels back, imo they grow pretty fast and I think its best to plan your stocking with fish that can live out their lives with you, as opposed to only keeping juvies and returning them when they grow up.

One angel may work in that tank though its a tad smaller than normally recommened, maybe someone else will have an opinion on an angel in your tank.
 

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If you are set on Angels, go for the largest tank you can get. I agree, its better to plan for the long haul. Besides, most people end up upgrading anyway.

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FoulFishes said:
All a big help guys! I'm glad that you mentioned Angelfish because I do plan on Angelfish someday, my pet store has some very little Angelfish, only like a Nickle-sized. Angelfish fascinated me one time when I was a child in a pet store and I'd really like some little ones. Once they get big I believe most pet stores are willing to buy them back right? The main species I plan on having will be the Angelfish, but along with that some Guppies, Kuhli Loaches, and Pygmy Corycats. Both tanks appear very nice quality to me.
I wouldn't put Pygmy cories in the same tank with Angels, I'd fear that the Pygmies will be a meal for the Angels.

Bowfront 24.2" x 14.8" x 20.9

Tall: 24"L x 13"W x 19"H

The footprint is practically the same except in width/height by one inch. I would chose the bowfront though.
 
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I wanted a much larger tank but I will be moving in approximately two years so it will have to wait. Don't want to try and move a huge ass tank and all those fish. I really have no space for anything bigger. But I went to compare prices of tanks and Angelfish today at all the fish stores...man Pet Smart blows my mind, in a bad way. They had like 15 Angels in a 10 gallon tank with like 5 Tiger Barbs in their. No wonder their fins were all messed up. And I counted 20 dead Ghost shrimp in their shrimp tank today. We have a much smaller, and cleaner Petsmart here which is alright but the big one was just god awful. And all those poor Bettas in pint cups...
 

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Good morning,

I had a 155g bowfront tank for many years and loved it. I sold it to another Fish Lore member (Lorabell) because I upgraded to a 265g (not a bowfront). I loved it and the current owner loves it too.

Too, I had a 72g bowfront, Lorabell has it now also.

Overall, great tanks. They kind of give you a panoramic view.

Ken
 
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