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Gafi 04-22-2013 02:36 AM

DIY 90 Gallon Tank Stand- Styrofoam/Cork?
So...I am planning on building my first DIY tank stand for my 90 Gallon aquarium this weekend with the help of my father (he is the woodworker of the family). I have been reading about many people using styrofoam or Cork between the Tank and the plywood (plan to use a 3/4" piece across the top of the stand) to help with any "imperfections". Since my tank is a glass tank, and sits inside its plastic frame, is it safe to lay a sheet of rigid foam/insulation or cork that is 1/2-1"thick? I am worried that the tank will sink into the insulation/cork and cause the glass on the bottom of the tank to withstand pressure it normally would not......can anyone offer some insight for me?.......Thanks!!

deeda 04-22-2013 02:55 PM

It is not necessary to add foam underneath a traditional plastic frame aquarium unless the manufacturer specifically recommends it.

Gafi 04-22-2013 10:08 PM

ok perfect.....does that change if the tank is frameless?

lochaber 04-25-2013 01:17 AM

I think it's generally a good idea to use foam or something under the tank, mostly it just avoids imperfections causing stress points.

I don't think using a whole sheet should be an issue, but if you are really concerned about it, you could just cut out the center. -I've done this many times before, but mostly because I want to occasionally look at the bottom of the substrate (even though it's not terribly interesting).

Also, you don't need a piece that thick. I really don't think it will cause any problems, but you could go with a thinner piece if that was easier/cheaper.

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