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Re: Tank shape

>In a message dated 9/19/1999 1:49:54 AM Mountain Daylight Time, 
>Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
>> This one is for Mark Stahlke-
>>  In the last APD you mentioned  that you have a bowfront tank.
>>  I have been drooling over a 150 gal bowfront, picturing it with huge
>>  plants and a few discus.  But I have been afraid to lay out the cash,
>>  because I haven't seen one with water in it.  Does it distort?  Someone
>>  (trying to make a sale) told me that it doesn't "disproportionalize, but
>>  does uniformly magnify."
>I don't have one yet, but if the manufacturer uses quality glass, it will 
>magnify a little without distortion.  It only magnifies horizontally, though, 
>making things longer without making them higher.
>I have been thinking about getting one and setting it up backwards, with the 
>bow in back.  It would give a sort of diarama effect.  Has anyone else tried 
>Bob Dixon
>Cichlid Trader List Administrator

I have the same tank as Mark's, and I can assure you that there is no 
noticeable distortion, nor magnification. The curvature is just too small.
The tank just looks more imposing  than a regular flat tank. And I wouldn't
mount it backwards. The curvature is small enough that it will barely be 
noticeable in the back. It would be better to spend the extra money in a 
wider (front to back) tank.

-Ivo Busko
 Baltimore, MD