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post #21 of 52 Old 03-31-2009, 08:44 PM
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Your new setup looks great. I was wondering though how do you like a bowfront aquarium compared to a regular shaped aquarium? I don't know many people who own both so I was just wondering how they compare.
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post #22 of 52 Old 04-01-2009, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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The bowfront provides great flexibility of aquascapping, as there seems to be so much space to place rocks. Visibly, there is a slight appearance of depth that is accentuated by the front curvature of the glass. I like the appearance and enjoy the diversity of options that the design permits.

As i was setting up my 180 for a brief moment I regretted not getting a 120 bowfront instead. Then I changed my mind. I think if you are buying a tank less than 6 feet in length, then go for a bowfront. But as soon as you reach 6 feet in length, such as the 125, the fish will appreciate the added swimming distance and just seem to behave much more naturally than they do in smaller box shaped aquariums, and even in bowfronts.

I like them both.
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post #23 of 52 Old 04-01-2009, 09:41 PM
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the issue with the bowfront for my is having to rebuild a stand to fit a sump but since the tank has the bow it makes stand construction difficult as well as cleaning the curve with a magnet scraper. not a super big problem though.
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post #24 of 52 Old 04-02-2009, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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the issue with the bowfront for my is having to rebuild a stand to fit a sump but since the tank has the bow it makes stand construction difficult as well as cleaning the curve with a magnet scraper. not a super big problem though.
very true!
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post #25 of 52 Old 04-12-2009, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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I am afraid my plans have changed. This 58 reef is so beautiful that I just can't break it down. It will be a permanent reef. Check out the growth:

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It is hard to believe that this kind of growth can occur in only 4 short weeks. Amazing.
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post #26 of 52 Old 04-12-2009, 01:48 PM
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Looks great, I can defiantly see why you wouldn't want to take that apart.
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post #27 of 52 Old 04-12-2009, 09:57 PM
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looking good. so the other ones going to be a reef to?
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looking good. so the other ones going to be a reef to?
{sigh} This decision has been horribly difficult. I can not imagine having this 180 without corals, but I so badly want some fish with questionable reef comparability. For example, i really want a Pomacanthus asfur, the Asfur angel. I may settle for a Blue Girdled Angel, which has mixed reef success and just roll the dice. I also want a butterflyfish, but I could just settle for the Copperband and give it a go. Even some of the Tangs I want, such as the Achillies Tang, are known to sometimes be nippy in reefs. It is so frustrating.

Bottom line, yes. The 180 will be a reef. I will restrict the 180 to fast growing easy corals, perhaps growout from the 58.

Time will tell exactly what. I have nothing but patience.
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post #29 of 52 Old 04-16-2009, 09:53 AM
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I like the fish you have in there. can you give me a run down of all the ones you Got in there.
is that an ocellaris or percula clown?

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- Red Bellied Pacu (El Cid Campeador/Omega 3)
- Yellow Bellied Catfish (Cat Stevens)
- Jack Dempsey (Jack Bauer)
- Plecostomus (Paul)
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post #30 of 52 Old 04-16-2009, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Only the 3 fish you see. A Coral Beauty Angel, Ocellaris Clownfish, and Six Line Wrasse. Beware, the Six Line Wrasse is a VERY aggressive fish for its size. It does not belong in small aquariums!
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