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Self built stand questions

I built a stand but ut turned out to have a slight wobble... I guess either the wood was warped or my cuts were slightly off...its not too terrible i was thinking maybe some wood shims under the two corners that are a little off to make it level or should i put my tank on it and allow the weight to level it out amd adjust the screws accordingly? Just fishing(haha) for some ideas

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If the stand itself is solid and square and the floor is a bit unlevel, then a shim in one corner wiould be helpful.
If the stand itself is a little wobbly, then a shim will not help much.

Post a picture of what you have done, not how the corners are assembled, and I am sure one of use can further advise.
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shims should be fine.
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Shims will probably be fine. Or use some of that foam that people with acrylic tanks use under theirs. It helps level everything. That is, if it is very slight.
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See what it does with a small amount of water to make it settle down properly.
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Shim the corners between the floor and tank, so the tank is level and doesn't wobble. Check level left to right, front to back, then the diagonals. If it all checks out level, you are good to go.

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There can always be a problem with any stand, or the floor, for that matter, and any slight imperfection puts stress on the glass and seams, which can cause a panel to break or a seam to let go. I always use a thin piece of Styrofoam between all my tanks and stands, no matter if it's wood, metal, store-bought or homemade, and I have never, ever had a tank start leaking, not even homemade tanks. The foam distributes the weight of any slight or medium uneven spots across a broad area to reduce excessive pressure in any one point of the aquarium's base. I usually use the sheets (usually about 1/2" thick) used as protective packaging in to-be-assembled furniture like you buy at WallyWorld or Targé', but if you have to buy a Styrofoam sheet at your local building supply, it's not expensive; just cut it to fit the base/frame of your tank. You can hide it with a single length of black electrical tape wrapped all the way around it. (Incidentally, the one time I got in a hurry and didn't use it - on a 55 I just set up a few weeks ago - after filling the aquarium and putting the light on it, and before adding gravel, I noticed a thin crack of light between the corners of the bottom tank frame and the store bought wood stand. I didn't take it down, but I'll be worried about it until I move the tank in the very near future.)

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So an update its probably about a half inch off in total and the bottom frame is not prefectly square with the top frame so idk if im comfortable with using it kinda sucks because i put alot of time and tried to get it perfect :/ but its all trial and error right

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You should be able to disconnect the legs and square up the top and bottom frames. Then reattach. Better than scrapping everything.


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I may have come across a good solid oak cabinet for free so of all else fails.... Bazinga lol

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I still recommend using a sheet of Styrofoam under every tank. Even if the stand is absolutely perfect, all foundations, no matter the type, have a chance of settling and causing a stress leak. Unless, of course, your house is built directly on bedrock. Why take a chance when it costs less than a onetime cost of $10 at most to have a little "insurance"?

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I still recommend using a sheet of Styrofoam under every tank. Even if the stand is absolutely perfect, all foundations, no matter the type, have a chance of settling and causing a stress leak. Unless, of course, your house is built directly on bedrock. Why take a chance when it costs less than a onetime cost of $10 at most to have a little "insurance"?

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I completely agree styrofoam is the best plus a little added insulation never hurt xD

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Is it glued? Or just screwed? I would take it apart, now you know where you went wrong, easy fix. Nothing beats a well built stand you make yourself. For me it's an addiction to try to build bigger and better with each stand I build.

This is my last build.



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Is it glued? Or just screwed? I would take it apart, now you know where you went wrong, easy fix. Nothing beats a well built stand you make yourself. For me it's an addiction to try to build bigger and better with each stand I build.

This is my last build.



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Nice stand, Buddha. I have a homemade stand coming with the 125 I'm picking up next week. I've seen pictures of it and it looks a little plain, so I plan to spruce it up with some molding and trim, and maybe paint it, too. I was originally thinking a black lacquer look, but I saw one on here that the poster had painted white, and it looked good. Since my "space" is smallish and it's such a large aquarium, I'm thinking the lighter color might be preferable to black.

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