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SeaClear 46 Gallon Bowfront Tank and Hood

Made of SeaClear sparkling acrylic, the bow front show aquarium combines a modern design with the benefits of acrylic construction.
Overall rating:
3.2 / 5
3.2
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5
(5 reviews) 4
4 of 5(80%)customers recommend this product.
Reviews for SeaClear 46 Gallon Bowfront Tank and Hood
Review 1 for SeaClear 46 Gallon Bowfront Tank and Hood
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1 / 5
1 / 5 5 reviews

Terrible for Saltwater, Excellent for Freshwater

January 22, 2012
by whitedegu123
fromRaleigh, NC
What is your gender?M
How many pets do you have?5 or more
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Monthly
I was really looking forward to owning my first saltwater aquarium It had to be acrylic. I didn't want the tank to be too large, because I will be going to college soon, and I ended up picking this one. I was so excited until it arrived. It was in perfect condition, not a scratch on it, but the worst part about it is the canopy, (they don't tell you about the problem with the canopy in the product description, and they don't show pictures of it either). This tank has a non-removable acrylic canopy, with four holes. Two of the holes are where you place the light, one is for a heater, and the other one is for a filter. All of the holes are small. For a saltwater tank the filter hole is not large enough for a filter, and a protein skimmer, which are absolutely necessary for a saltwater aquarium. when you place the pumps in the tank, the cables are really noticeable because you have to wrap them out of the filter hole. The default lighting is pretty good for a FOWLR set-up, as long as you buy a 24" coralife daylight fluorescent bulb, but for a reef set up you will need to upgrade the lighting. Now for a freshwater tank all you need is a heater and a filter, so the holes are very convenient, and I would give it 5 stars for a freshwater set up, but for saltwater, DON'T GET THIS TANK!!!
+1point
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Review 2 for SeaClear 46 Gallon Bowfront Tank and Hood
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews

Incredibly beautiful tank!

April 13, 2011
by FishGal
fromSan Marcos, TX
What is your gender?F
How many pets do you have?5 or more
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Weekly
Appearance 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews
I am absolutely thrilled with this tank!! I knew before I bought it that I would be replacing the hood since most light kits included with tanks are insufficient for live plants, so I am not including that as a factor in this review. My tanks are all heavily planted and I found placement of the plants not all that difficult. I chose driftwood that would fit in the spaces (agreed, this is not like working with a tank that has a rim and open top). I use a submersible heater, so placement of the heater was not an issue. Anyhow......this is one STUNNING tank when set up and well worth the money. Lightweight and like any acrylic tank, you need to be aware that they do scratch. With reasonable care, this should not be an issue, as I have an acrylic tank that is almost 3 years old without a scratch on it. I heartily recommend this tank. I bought the bowfront tank stand that sells at PetSmart for one of their glass tanks and it fits perfectly. I do wish that this tank was available at the store. I was so eager for it to arrive. It met and exceeded my expectations. Good job, SeaClear!
Pros: easy to install, sturdy, easy to clean
-1point
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Review 3 for SeaClear 46 Gallon Bowfront Tank and Hood
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5 5 reviews

Great non Planted Tank

February 15, 2010
by Greggles
fromGaithersburg, MD
What is your gender?M
How many pets do you have?2
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Monthly
Appearance 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews
Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5 5 reviews
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This is a beautiful tank. It's awe inspiring when you first get it, especially if you've used to standard top fin aquariums. It's also extremely light for it's size. (You'll be surprised).
Then the problems start. The bow in the bowfront, necessitates a lot of reinforcement, and thus the actual work space you can access in the aquarium is reduced to two 10x15 holes. This makes it impossible to fit many decorations or drift wood in the tank, as well as making it very difficult to access all corners of the aquarium.
There is also a small hole cut for a heater on one side, with NO hole cut on the other side (limiting placement), and then a small rectangular slot on the back for filters and such devices.
Compared to a normal glass aquarium, this setup greatly limits your placement of heaters, intake/outlet ports, auto feeders, CO2 devices, etc.
This also makes the tank difficult to work in, if you're trying to do a planted setup.
Onto that, the default lighting that comes with this tank is horrible. It's not worth working with, and plan to replace it asap, especially if you want live plants.
The default lighting is 20 watts, with no reflector, and doesn't even cover the whole length of the tank. Upgrading to 40 watts does nothing, and wastes 50 dollars. Your best bet is replacing the whole thing with another kit.
Pros: very lightweight, excellent moisture retention due to lack of holes, holds heat very well, clariety is amazing
Cons: default lighting is very poor, can't fit many items in tank due to small, difficult placement of hob and hot filters, difficult to work in tank
+4points
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Review 4 for SeaClear 46 Gallon Bowfront Tank and Hood
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4 / 5
4 / 5 5 reviews

Looks Awesome!

July 10, 2007
by JRose
fromTucson, AZ
Appearance 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews
I wanted something big, but I couldn't wait. 46 Gallons isn't that bad. Just wish it came with maybe some rocks, a filter, or something extra, for $300 is no small payment. Other than that, I'm VERY happy with the Acrylic and look forward to upgrading to a 100-Gallon soon! Buy it, and remember, use flores., not incandescent light bulb! ;)
+1point
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Ratings-only reviews for SeaClear 46 Gallon Bowfront Tank and Hood
Based on 1 ratings-only review
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3 / 5
3 / 5 5 reviews
1 out of 1 recommend this product
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3 / 5
3 / 5 5 reviews
Quality 
3 / 5
3 / 5 5 reviews