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Shimming a tank?....

So I have a stand I built which had 3 X 10g tanks on it. It's rock solid with a 3/4" ply wood top, but it's rough ply. I got 30G L to replace 2 of the 10g tanks. The tank rocks with a 1/16" gap under the front left corner. The 10g tanks sat fine but over the longer span of 3ft it's more evident. A 1/16th thick shim under the corner and every thing sits flush and level.
The actual plywood seems a little thinner in that area, like I said it was rough ply I had lying around.

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Put antifatigue mat like for workshop floors( the one that's like 1/16" thick) as a pad under the tanks. Levels and stops any vibrations from equipment. They have both at Lowe's and HD.
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I'd just leave the shim and move on to step 2 setting it up. Mats just add a spot to sponge up water.

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1/16" is fine, the mat is enough.
If it was more you could float it out with some construction product like fix all, then paint it.
Or sand down the whole surface, going very lightly over the area that is already too low. I would not use a very aggressive grit when it is already so close.
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Thanks for all the input people.

I ended up putting 1/2" styrofoam under the whole tank and the put the 1/16" shim under the foam under that corner. It now has no rock at all and is dead level on front, back and diagonals.
I used what I had, but I will keep an eye on it. I will have to go grab some of that mat to have on hand. I was kind of pressed because the 2 10g tanks were already torn down, the fish and plants were sitting in buckets.

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