Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West coast of the east coast of the USA.
Most important thing is the tank should not rock when in the stand. That is the recipe for disaster. I have a 2x stand I got from a friend and two of the 3 tanks rocked so I put a shim under the tank itself. No. The stand is not perfectly level and that doesn't matter a hill of beans as to longevity of the tanks. If that tank rocks it will break.
But as you already noted wait until it is placed where it will live and THEN take a look at it. Put the tank in and see if it rocks when empty. Then shim it if needed. I've got many, many tanks running. Some farm tanks. Some display. None of my tanks has any styro, cushion or anything else under them. Some of those suckers are almost 40 years old and still going. All you need s support on the rim of the tank. Of course this applies to glass tanks only. Acrylic needs full support.
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