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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Scyry View Post
Has anyone tried a cork sheet? It is pretty much water proof, a little spongy and thin.
That's exactly what I use all the time. And one can get cork sheet of different thickness. Or put several layers on top of each other, if one would want to achieve greater thickness.
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Originally Posted by prototyp3 View Post
I think Hollywood has tricked many of us when it comes to earthquakes.. If you aren't at the center, you basically get a bunch of rocking. A tank in decent condition can take some uneven pressure like that for short durations no problem. Now the issue is when a tank isn't level and is subjected to continued stress over the course of months and years. That's when you get failures.
A bunch of rocking? Shook me right off my bed when we had one hit here a good 10 years ago, and i was nowhere near the center. Also collapsed some stuff around the sound. When a quake hits it's like dropping a pebble in a lake, big ripple effect.
Edit: Forgot you all arent from this area. The sound = puget sound.

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I put a mat under my tank, rimless or not (I have only had one rimless tank). I just think is a good idea, especially with a rimless tank. As much as starting over is a pain, it will be less painful than having to deal with a leak later on.
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When people say they put a mat under the tank to account for the base not being perfectly level, do they really mean flat? The two are different and I just wanted to be sure. Im planning to set up a tank on a countertop that should be level but may not be exactly. I was going to use a mat to account for irregularities but if being level is the true issue, I would also have to use a sheet of something like plywood that I could shim as necessary.
Also, does a rimless tank need full support on the bottom or can it just be edge supported like on a rimmed tank? I was going make a small stand for a 12 gallon long and was wondering if it needed a top.

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post #35 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 08:45 PM
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I am going to say you probably want more than edge support ( like an acrylic tank). solid top would be fine.

I was under the impression that it is a good preventative measure, catastrophic failure or cost of a mat? Yeah, I am going with a mat.
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post #36 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 06:00 PM
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Yeah, I think the words get a little confusing and are interchanged for each other. Typically, you want the mat to prevent stress points/compensate for irregularities on the surface.

You also want a level surface, but the mat won't do much for that. using a piece of plywood with shims is probably the best/easiest solution for a countertop or some other fixed object that you can't directly level/shim.
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and i can just use a cut up yoga mat?

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