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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-02-2011, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Whats a quick fix for an uneven tank?

The floor of my room wasnt built level. So theres a slight difference between the water on either end of the tank. Its a 5.5 gallon.
What can I do to make it level? And how can I make it look nice...
Actually.. Its ona dresser.. What can I do to the dresser to make my tank even?
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Shims. Small angled slivers of wood slipped under the legs of the dresser. You can cut a few yourself or buy a pack of them at a hardware store or lumber yard.
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They also make plastic shims, smaller and less visible because they're translucent. A bit more expensive than wood but still pretty cheap.
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As was previously stated, don't try to level the tank itself: Level the stand it's sitting on (or else you get to mop the tank up off the floor). Go to the window / door section of a home improvement store and you'll find wood shims for installing windows / doors.

My tile floor is horribly out-of-level and I've got about 6 shims jammed in around the bottom. All that's left now is to use a utility knife and cut them off flush with the front. Cheap and works like a charm.
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Agreed with the above.

Plastic or "composite" shims are preferable for an aquarium but it's really not a big deal. Just shim up the bottom of the stand, you'll be fine.


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Thanks all... Buying some tomorrow as my house has nothing similar lying around... Were not terribly handy.. lol..
Cant wait to make this tank even and get it going..
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Tilt your house.


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Tilt your house.
He's in California--- whichever way he tilts it, the tectonic plates will just shift it the other way in a week or so.


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He's in California--- whichever way he tilts it, the tectonic plates will just shift it the other way in a week or so.
a little spelunking (cave diving) and some plastic shims may help.


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LOL... Thats was funny. Now knock on wood.
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Depending on how out of level you could just slip a coin under the offending leg. I've got a quarter under one of my stands. And a penny under another.
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Let me know if you find a source for those plastic shims, I've been looking for them myself.
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Your local Ace hardware should have them.


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I got them at lowes. And friend just got hers at Home depot. They were plastic. They were somewhere really weird in the store though. I had ot have someone help me find it.

I ended up not using them though. lol.
I filled up my tank some more and realised that you wouldnt see the water line when it was fillled all the way. I will probably be using them in the future though.
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The plastic ones are used to keep toilets from rocking on uneven floors, which would break the seal. So look in plumbing for this:



And the wooden ones are used to position windows and doors in uneven or slightly oversized frames, so that's where they're usually kept.
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