Bowfront Tanks

  • Thread starter

Isabella

Fishlore VIP
Messages
5,248
Reaction score
37
Points
358
Experience
5 years
Do bowfront (glass) tanks distort the view? (When compared to a regular rectangular glass tank.)
 

Gunnie

Well Known Member
Messages
2,670
Reaction score
3
Points
198
I think they do.
 

slider

New Member
Messages
20
Reaction score
0
Points
151
My 22g is bowed, doesn't distort the view
 

vin

Well Known Member
Messages
1,459
Reaction score
95
Points
208
No, they shouldn't. The glass is tempered and only 1/4" thick. The radius is very gradual. There should be minimal distortion if any at all.
 
  • Thread starter

Isabella

Fishlore VIP
Messages
5,248
Reaction score
37
Points
358
Experience
5 years
Even in huge, say 125-200 gallon bowfront tanks, the glass is only 1/4" think? I would find that hard to believe! (But then again, I know nothing about bowfront tanks.) And what about tanks around 55-75 gallons?

So basically, one should not be able to see any distortion in a bowfront tank, right?
 

vin

Well Known Member
Messages
1,459
Reaction score
95
Points
208
In some of the larger tanks it's probably 3/8" thick. When you temper glass it becomes stronger. Even when you see stores in a shopping mall with curved glass entrances that stand 12 feet tall, that glass is only 1/2" thick.

I would think that the larger tanks are a little thicker simply because of the pressure placed on the glass by the water. Then again, the upper and lower frames take some of the stress off of the glass itself.
 
  • Thread starter

Isabella

Fishlore VIP
Messages
5,248
Reaction score
37
Points
358
Experience
5 years
OK, thank you.
 

vin

Well Known Member
Messages
1,459
Reaction score
95
Points
208
De nada.... ;D
 

atmmachine816

Fishlore VIP
Messages
4,491
Reaction score
3
Points
208
Experience
5 to 10 years
Personally I don't like the bowfront tanks because I think it makes the viewer look at the tank itself and not the inhabitants and plants as much. Just my opinion.

Austin
 
Toggle Sidebar

Aquarium Calculator

Aquarium Photo Contests

Follow FishLore!





Top Bottom