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Old 09-18-2014, 05:16 PM   #1
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Correct surface for your tank to sit on. *Caution*


So... it happens every now and then that we run into an issue of a tank cracking because the surface it was sitting on wasn't appropriate for the the tank. You have to realize that with glass aquariums as well as acrylic aquariums, the structural integrity of the aquarium (both the glass/acrylic and the silicone) is greatly compromised if your surface is not level, evenly flush across the whole surface, or has imperfections that can create pressure points on the glass. If you cannot provide the correct surface for your tank to rest on, then not only could you end up with costly damage to your tank and or home, but also it will not be covered under warranty. Manufacturer warranty only covers the craftsmanship of the aquarium and does not cover any damage caused by improper care or improper use of the aquarium. So an ideal surface that your tank should sit on would have at least the following aspects:

1. Level surface
2. Flush (No warping or unevenness)
3. No surface imperfections such as dimples, debris, seams, etc.
4. Use a closed foam mat to eliminate any surface imperfections

Take great care in the way you set up your aquarium. You have to keep in mind that the pressure of the water in your aquarium puts stress on the tank, especially when the surface it is on causes points where pressure is concentrated. I personally have installed and taken care of thousands of aquariums, and I have seen small and large aquariums, acrylic and glass, break after days or years because of the surface that other companies and "professionals" installed and the tanks were sitting on.

Here are some examples of what not to do:

This tank is sitting on a steel table that could be warped and is a very rigid surface. Not only that the only thing between the tank and the table is a piece of hard plastic which is rigid as well and does nothing to aid in the protection of the glass.


More examples to come as I edit them in.
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Isn't this really only a problem in frameless aquariums?
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Isn't this really only a problem in frameless aquariums?
Ditto.
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Isn't this really only a problem in frameless aquariums?
Nope, even with a frame if you have an uneven surface or point where something hits the frame in one spot it will transfer and create a pressure point that will cause stress over time. I have seen plenty of tanks with frames crack. You have to make sure the whole frame is supported evenly. And besides...all of our tanks are rimless... technically there is less stress on the bottom of a frameless tank than a framed tank because the whole bottom is supported rather than just the edges.
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