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Old 02-24-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Can shims be used directly under aquarium glass?


Hello. I have a big bay window in my living room so I just set up my plant tank. The tank is definitely not level...much lower in the back than the front. Can I just stick wooden shims under the aquarium in the back? If not, what are my options?

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Old 02-24-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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If it's not bigger than a 20 long I'd say go for it. Use five or six evenly spaced across the back, and a couple to support the sides. This tank has a bottom rim right?
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It is always best to have the glass tank sit on a level surface, not be shimmed to fit a non-level surface. The bigger the tank the more it is better to level the surface instead of leveling the tank.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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Depends on how big the tank is like everyone else is saying. I'd say if it's 40G or more it's too big and you're asking for a crack in the long run.
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Hi all. The tank is an ADA 60-P which is around 18 gallons and is rimless. Here are the dimensions: 24in X 12in X 14in.

I have the black ADA mat so I was thinking of sticking the shims between the mat and the window sill.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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It being an ADA tank I think warrents putting in a little extra effort. I'm imagining that you're putting this on some sort of built in ledge that you can't modify. In that case why not make a little mini stand, like 4" tall that you can modify. Build a box, shim it so it's level, scribe a line, trim along the line, your new stand will compensate for the out of level shelf.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:09 PM   #7
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It being an ADA tank I think warrents putting in a little extra effort. I'm imagining that you're putting this on some sort of built in ledge that you can't modify. In that case why not make a little mini stand, like 4" tall that you can modify. Build a box, shim it so it's level, scribe a line, trim along the line, your new stand will compensate for the out of level shelf.
That's actually not a bad idea. I can use 2 by 4s and then just put nicer plywood on the outside....then I'd have to paint it white so it matches the window. Nice little weekend project.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:56 AM   #8
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I built a little 2 inch stand that is perfectly leveled since I used "leveling glides". Luckily, the back was lower so I first built the wooden box and then screwed in the little glides. I was able to adjust the height just by screwing/unscrewing them to the desired height. It's scary how level my tank is!!



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Old 03-04-2013, 01:05 AM   #9
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:39 AM   #10
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nice.
I've used similar on a stand I recently built. looks nicer then a shim, and it will still be useful if you ever relocate the tank.
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