Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: havre de grace, MD
You don't need a perfectly flat surface. Your wood is going to warp and twist slightly as it seasons (dries out) over the next year or two anyway. All gaps may end up closing (you'll have at least 500 lbs of water + aquarium + substrate on it) and some gaps may end up getting larger. Then, depending on what the humidity is like in North Carolina, your wood may never stop growing in the summer (high temp+ high humidity) and shrinking in the winter (cooler temps, furnace drying all the air out in the home)
Personally, I say if your working with pine, don't go for perfection. You'll just make yourself crazy. Make it look nice, and you'll end up satisfied.
As a matter of fact, yes, I always post, or reply, in novels. I'm adding it to my signature because it seems like I say it in every post!
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