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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2017, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Old house, uneven floors

I just moved into a house from 1928 and I was planning to buy either a 40 or 80 gallon tank. Unfortunately the floors are uneven. I figured I could customize the stand so the tank would be level but I am unsure what the best way would be to make sure the weight is distributed well. Also, should I be worried about the floor breaking if I go with he 80 gallon tank or is that not yet big enough to be of a worry? The house has been recently flipped and the structure is in sound shape except the slight tilting here and there.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-01-2017, 01:06 AM
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Most floors have a little bit of roll to them. You could use some shims. Depending on how stand sits in floor shims can easily clean up a little bit of play

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-01-2017, 04:28 AM
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I can't say yours will be fine but I have a 72g on VERY uneven floors in a house that is over 100 yrs old with a broken main beam. I do have it located on an outside wall (load bearing) but that is actually where the floors have the heaviest pitch. I have screw in adjustable metal "legs" every 10" along the perimeter of the stand and I lined the bottom with some thick metal pieces as well. The stand is one of those pine ones and honestly I think it's pretty flimsy but the tank's been there 9 years without issue. I have also used shims on other tanks and even created a pedestal almost that my stand sits on top of. out of plywood that straddles a part of my floor where a piece of luan was place on top on my floor so there was a big and sudden change in the floor height. There are lots of ways to approach it.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2017, 10:59 PM
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I have a 90 gallon on an institutional grade table (temporarily) I think you should be alright as long as it doesn't sway for any reason. I saw someone secure the stand itself into the wall studs with 3" screws. I like that idea - so it's locked in just in case it gets bumped into

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