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Question Building an adjustable-level tank stand?

I just finished reading the following thread on tank disaster due to leveling issues.

One of the things on my project list is building a tank stand for my current 29g tank and another one for 15g. Did anyone attempt to build a tank with adjustable level feature? The adjstments of course should probably be no more than half-inch on any one side.

The floor of my dining room is sloped somewhat toward exterior wall, and setting any furniture up there requires leveling.

I would like to be able to move the tank in place and level it the way you would level a fridge or a stove. I would be interested in possible solutions.

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You should be able to buy leg levelers at Lowe's or Home Depot.

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You should be able to buy leg levelers at Lowe's or Home Depot.
The leg levelers have to be rather large and very heavy duty, especially for larger tanks. I was thinking of having a foot plate made out of 3/4 plywood. The leveling legs would then sit on it. A loosely fit perimeter moulding "skirt" would then cover the gap between the stand bottom and the floor.

Maybe I'll get to make a drawing over the weekend and post it here.

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You can pick up a t-nut at your local hardware store, drill a hole into the end of a 2x2 piece of hardwood for the t-nut to fit into and mount that in the corner of the stand. Make the block about 3-4" long and drill the hole deep enough for a bolt to thread into the block. It's then just a matter of turning the bolt until you level up your tank. If you want a larger pad under the bolt, then place or epoxy your square of ply under the head of the bolt. I would suggest using at least a 3/8" bolt.

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Woodcraft makes some...
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=3986

I used them on my 40 and 15, and both are very level...
also very bouncy, but I think that might just be my floor


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Woodcraft makes some...
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=3986

I used them on my 40 and 15, and both are very level...
also very bouncy, but I think that might just be my floor
Some nice hardware... The T-nut levelers seem like the best choice. I am weary of the way others are mounted because they have to be fastened to the sides, and a great deal of stress will be put on the fasteners that way.

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that is a good idea. I might look into that.. no would be the proper time for me! since the tank is.. ummm.. empty

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I have everyone running scared!
It surely got ME nervous. I have a Perfecto tank and stand (cheap looking to downright ugly IMO) that I want to replace with a DIY one.

Better safe than sorry. And it doesn't add that much to the cost of the tank. Besides, leveling the stand with shims on a hardwood floor might leave dents in the floor due to the weight of the full tank and the relatively small shim's surface area. Also, I'd need to cover the edges or else it won't look nice.

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I am presently in the process of building a stand for my 25G. I used some of those "woodcraft style" 1 ton leveling glides mentioned above (got them from LeeValley for you Canadians out there). I used a metal plates between the stand base and the glides to spread out the pressure on the 2x4s and another plate under the glides to spread the pressure on the floor. Last week-end I just ran the backyard trials with the tank full of water, with way more rocks than needed and many bricks in the stand itself. I am very happy with the results.
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