Hi folks. For the past few days I have been re-familiarizing myself with all of this nutty <cough>
I mean aquarium info. I thought I would run down my plans for ya'll and see what you guys and gals think. I am an exhausting researcher. I read and read and research for hours and exhaust all avenues. It's a sickness. what can I say? hehe
The first thing I want to talk about is the tank. I've only ever had glass. 40g breeder to be exact. I am thinking I may want a bow front. I like the depth it offers. Either a 36 or 46g bow is where I'm leaning. I really like the look and the depth it offers. I'm also considering a 40g breeder again or a 50g as they are 18" deep.
I am having a hard time committing to a glass bow front tbh. To me, an acrylic tank would seem much stronger for this application. Can you sell me on a glass bow front? I need convinced on a glass bow front. I see it as a weak point for future leaking. Mainly because the glass sides, front, bottom are all separate pieces sealed with silicon. Acrylic is ultimately bonded to make one piece, so to speak. Seamless would be the word... Glass rectangle tanks I don't have a problem with so much as they are all straight and uniform pieces. But the bow? Well, it's already bowed out and I would think that is what the natural physical force of adding water to an aquarium wants to do to the glass anyhow, to push it out.
The rest is easy:
Eco complete planted aquarium substrate (most likely red)
Rena Filstar canister filter. If not that, Eheim
This will be more of a community tank. Tetras, neons, etc...
Right from the start I am going full tilt. No buy cheap/used stuff and build up to it. I don't mean waste money either. I mean I work hard and have it to start the project with quality stuff from the get go.
So sell me or talk me out of a bow front glass. Discuss/question/comments...
Thanks ~ MH