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Old 02-19-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Pressure foam under large aquarium advice


Setting up a 72" long 125 gal on a support I already know is irregular so I need to compensate all that I can. I've run up on this Youtube video showing the use of what is called pressure foam or possibly polystrom to help compensate for my kind of tank support issue. I've searched a couple online aquarium supply stores but I haven't been able to turn up any such product.

Here's the video...

Did a search on polystrom and it seems like it's out of Australia, and I'm guessing there's a US equivalent.

Does anyone know where I should look for this kind of foam?

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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you just need a thick rubber type mat, a lot of people use those yoga matts, i found this at my target and cut it up for my 50 gallon, worked well and is thick
http://www.target.com/p/gaiam-premiu...ok+fitness+mat
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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dont quote me on this but I remember looking around for this stuff when I was setting up my 125 gallon. Is the tank your doing flat bottom or is the bottom elevated some compared to the sides of the tank? Everywhere I was reading mentioned the foam should only be used on flat bottom tanks because when the bottom is elevated the tank is designed to support all the weight on the sides/corner apparently the elevated tanks run into problems with foam.

I'm not really sure myself still trying to find a concrete answer my tanks are all elevated and I have foam under my two heaviest ones but I do need to empty and level my 125 soon so if I have to remove the foam its best to do it then
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I didn't look at the video all the way through, but that's a flat-bottom tank. In other words it doesn't have the standard plastic trim around the bottom. Whatever brand of foam gets used, the reason for it is to compensate for any irregularities coming from the flat surface it's set on. Looks like a rimless tank set on an untempered bottom pane in he vid. They have vastly different stress dynamics from a stock, rimmed tank with a tempered bottom panel.

Is your 125G a stock 125G with plastic trim?

What's the nature of the "irregularities" of your "support"?
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:45 PM   #5
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dont quote me on this but I remember looking around for this stuff when I was setting up my 125 gallon. Is the tank your doing flat bottom or is the bottom elevated some compared to the sides of the tank? Everywhere I was reading mentioned the foam should only be used on flat bottom tanks because when the bottom is elevated the tank is designed to support all the weight on the sides/corner apparently the elevated tanks run into problems with foam.

I'm not really sure myself still trying to find a concrete answer my tanks are all elevated and I have foam under my two heaviest ones but I do need to empty and level my 125 soon so if I have to remove the foam its best to do it then
Call any manufacturer of rimmed tanks (aren't many left now). If you don't use their stand, the warranty is void. Others will void a warranty if you use foam on their stand.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:32 PM   #6
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I didnt know that, but thats fine to me I never sent in the warrenty papers when I got my tanks. The one tank I bought second hand that did leak I'm in the middle of selling it as a terrarium for more then I paid for it, tanks are really expensive in my area I go out of town to buy them. Every type of stand the store sells anyways isnt made by Aqueon All Glass they sell mostly Stingray stands
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