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Top 5 Bow-Front Aquariums for Ultimate Visibility of your Fish Tank

Aquariums have become the most favorite decoration items for homes and offices nowadays. You will see one at every place, be it a large or small office or even a house.

The main reason why people love adorning their homes with aquariums these days is because it reflects their personality and also makes them look elegant. The most common type of aquariums are the flat ones. 

They are easily available in the market and are comparatively cheap. The reason being, it is easier for the manufacturer to make flat sheets which reduce the cost and savings, so that they can be further passed on to the consumers.

But in the current trend, Bow-front aquariums are in-trend. In fact, they have become the most popular type of aquariums in aquatic shops simply because they give you the best visibility of the underwater world.

 The natural light entering your fish tank refracts in the water in such a way that it gives a magnified and clear view of everything inside. Contrary to the regular aquarium which is flat on all sides, a bow-front aquarium is curved on all sides in a continuous way.

The tempered front glass panel of a bow-front aquarium creates a dramatic viewing area. This type of tank comes with a lot of positive sides, so I have listed some of them for you to take note of:

Advantages 

Drawbacks

Who Is It For?

Here are some of the most popular Bow front fish tanks:

Most Popular Bow Front Fish Tanks

I have short-listed these tanks considering your budget and needs. These tanks are obviously costlier than your regular flat front fish tanks so you need not compare the prices of the two. Scroll down to see the full list of ideal tanks which suits your needs:

Aqueon mini bow gallon desktop aquarium kit

Aqueon 17774 Mini Bow 5 Gallon Desktop Aquarium Kit, Black
  • Fun and easy aquarium that fits anywhere
  • Perfect for a first aquarium
  • Right size for the office, school, dorm room or home
  • Measures 14.5” L x 13.5” H x 10” W

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Pros

  • It is perfect for small spaces.
  • It comes with everything you need as a beginner.
  • It is relatively easy to clean.

  • It is made from acrylic plastic for a lighter, stronger and clearer tank.

  • It is a large tank of 46 gallon in size.
  • It comes with a guide for setup and maintenance.

Cons

  • Light needs to be changed.
  • You may have to tinker with the filter as it produces string current.
  • It is expensive.

The first one in my list is this mini bow aquarium kit which is the favorite of Betta Owners. It measures 14.5 in length*, 13.5 in height* and 10 in width*. This tank comes with a lot of things like a filter, cartridge, a 15W incandescent bulb, water conditioner, fish food, and an aquarium light hood in black-red and bright-blue. Also, it is very cute in look and the size is ideal for small spaces like a dorm or an apartment.

Tetra 29234 half moon aquarium kit

Tetra 29234 Half Moon Aquarium Kit, 10-Gallon
  • Uniquely shaped aquarium
  • frameless top edge allows for unobstructed views
  • cartridge based filtration
  • Whisper filtration keeps water crystal clear
  • Includes a 50-watt heater and clear lid

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Pros

  • Since the size of the tank is large, you can accommodate a variety of fish in it.
  • The aquarium is taller in size rather than broad, which makes it ideal for limited space.
  • It comes with a filter and a heater.

Cons

  • It is narrow in shape so you are limited to fish options.
  • The lid of the tank is very flimsy. Some people don’t keep it on as they think it takes unnecessary space.

As the name suggests, this bow front fish tank comes in a half moon design. Its shape is a flat back and a curved front with so flat sides. It measures 18.5*12.6*20.8 inches in dimensions. This innovative design can accommodate up to 10 gallons. This filter comes with a 50W heater, an LED lightning system along with a clear lid. This tank is ideal for bettas, tetras and mollies.

Aqueon 06439 bow front aquarium kit 26

Aqueon 06439 Bow Front Aquarium Kit 26, Black
  • 26 gallon capacity
  • Kit includes everything you need to start
  • Easy to set up and maintain

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Pros

  • It comes with a filter with large cartridge, a 50W submersible heater, and a hood with full spectrum lamp.
  • It is large in size so you can have a variety of fishes.

Cons

  • It is really heavy weighing at 44.2 pounds.

If you want to own a tank that fits the middle ground of size and features, you will be very delighted to learn that this tank fills this niche in every single way that you can imagine. Having the capacity of holding up to 26 gallons, this aquarium is neither too big nor too small. Still, it comes with everything you require from a complete fish tank set.

The tank comes with an efficient LED bulb that creates a Day White effect. It also provides a slot for you to add your own bulb in case you want to make it look brighter than it already is. Adding light to the tank also adds another color to the tank which makes it attractive. While this one is no doubt the most intriguing feature of the aquarium, it does come with additional advantages and everything you need to get started. This fish tank provides all the equipment that a beginner needs to learn about owning a fish tank.

Considering all this, it doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an experienced, I guarantee that you will fall in love with this piece. It is so beautifully designed that I can say for sure that this is the best aquarium ever made. It measures 25.9*22.7*17.1 inches.

Seaclear 36 gal bow front acrylic aquarium combo set

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Pros

  • It is made from acrylic plastic which makes it a lighter, stronger and clearer tank.
  • The tank is durable.
  • It is a large 46 gallon in size which allows you to have a variety of fishes.

Cons

  • It is expensive.
  • You need to buy a water filter separately.

  • As it is made from acrylic, you will have to be very careful that you don’t scratch it while cleaning it from the inside.
  • Lightning of the tank is a bit too rudimentary.


This is one of the best tanks available in the market. It provides with the greatest level of visibility compared to any other bow front fish tanks. Also, since it is a combo set there is much more that comes with it apart from the fish tank.

The first thing is a reflector which you can place inside the tank to boost visibility using natural light. And a 24 inch light fixture which allows you to attach your own bulbs inside the tank with ease. This lightning is complimented by the convex front which gives a realistic effect of the tank. It magnifies your tank beyond belief which allows you to see every single detail inside the tank.

The tank measures 30*15*21 inches. It is made of acrylic and is 17 times stronger than glass which minimizes its risk of breaking. It weighs very light which makes it ideal for carrying around to wherever you want. Also, it is leak proof, scratchproof, and everything you need to get started.

Seaclear 46 gal system II bow front acrylic aquarium

SeaClear 46 gal System II Bowfront Acrylic Aquarium, 36 by 161/4 by 20", Cobalt Blue
  • SeaClear System ll Acrylic Aquarium offers a true wet/dry biological filtration system built into the back of the aquarium
  • Filter includes chambers that accommodate biological, mechanical and chemical filter media as well as space for a heater and the optional System II Protein Skimmer (sold separately)
  • Full Hood with 24" fluorescent fixture (light bulb not included); Efficient and economical to run
  • Acrylic Aquariums are 17 times stronger than glass and weighs half as much as a Glass Aquarium
  • Quick change prefilter makes cleaning simple; Air-injected nozzle

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Pros

  • It has a very efficient filter system.
  • It is very light weight at just 20 pounds.
  • It is made from acrylic plastic which makes it a lighter, stronger and clearer tank.
  • Its size allows you to accommodate variety of fishes.
  • There is a 420 gph submersible pump, a 4-way adjustable skimmer gate and an air-injected nozzle.
  • It offers a Turbulence Manifold feature that enables super water circulation.

Cons

  • Since this piece does not offer you will all the equipments required, you will have to buy a lot of stuff beforehand to enjoy it properly.
  • It takes a lot of space.
  • It is comparatively expensive.
  • As it is made from acrylic, you will have to be very careful that you don’t scratch it while cleaning it from the inside.

This is the biggest aquarium of all with 36*16.2*20 inches dimensions. Seaclear aquarium offers a nice filter system with space for biological, mechanical, and chemical filter media. This tank is very spacious which allows you to pet variety of fishes, even the long ones. There is also enough space for a heater and protein skimmer if you decide to get them as well. The tank has a 24” fluorescent fixture but it does not contain any bulb.

So to sum it up, I will say that this is one of the best aquariums available in the market. It has everything you need. However, some things you need to buy on your own.

Conclusion

I have already shared my share of knowledge about the Bow Front fish tanks with you. We are straight on the pros and cons of the best available bow front tanks in the market right now. So I have some suggestions for you which might help you a lot if you are still confused as to which tank to buy.


If you are a beginner who does not have much knowledge or experience in maintaining a fish tank, I would recommend you to go for the Aqueous 26 gallon tank. It is not too expensive, not so small, comes with a filter, heater, lightning, and everything you need as a beginner. And if you are experienced with handling fish tanks, I would recommend you to go for the Sea Clear 46 Gallon tank. Though you already know which one is the best for you. This tank has a great size which is most important and also everything needed.

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Written by Debra Hutchinson, founder of FishXperts

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