For my next display tank I am planning to do a planted discus tank of about 180 gallons. I currently have an 80 gallon bowfront. After having it for a while, I was a little disappointed with amount of planting area it provided vs what a 75 gallon rectangle would have provided, not to mention the somewhat nauseating distorted image. After that I had decided to get a 180 gallon rectangle with the dimensions of 72x24x24. However, I just ran across a 175 gallon bowfront with dimensions of 72widex24middle,18sidesx28high. :shock: So now basically I'm debating between the two. Overall as an aquarium, I would pick the 180 rectangle, but as a piece of furniture, I would have to go with the 175 bowfront since it looks nice and sleek. Anyway sorry for rambling, I'm essentially looking for input/comments/opinions from as many people as I can before I settle on my final decision.
Pros and Cons for each seem to be:
180 Gallon Rectangle:
Pro: More planting area.
Pro: Somewhat shorter, thus somewhat easier to light.
Pro: Somewhat shorter, easier to reach the bottom to plant in.
Con: As a piece of furniture, not as sleek as a bowfront.
175 Gallon Bowfront:
Pro: As a piece of furniture, very nice and attractive.
Pro: It's still more planting area than my current aquarium.
Pro: Somewhat taller allowing more viewing area.
Pro: Somewhat taller, allowing more time for plants to grow between prunings.
Con: Less planting area than the 180 Gallon rectangle.
Con: Distorted Image.
Con: Somewhat taller, thus harder to light and plant in.
Sorry for the long post. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.