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Coasters?

I found a nice spot for a 5.5 gallon tank, but it's on a dresser that is also one of my nicer pieces of furniture (from a garage sale, but still...). I've seen a lot of nano tanks on bare wood, should I put something under the aquarium or just let it be?
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You will spill at some point and any water trapped under the tank will leave a mark. If you care about the stand, you should use something to protect it. I'm not sure what, though.

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I was thinking like a rubber placemat or something, but I wondered if anyone had a better idea.
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I'd try foam board from a local arts and craft store.

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Anything you put on top of that piece for an extended period will leave a visibly lighter area where it rested. Coasters will leave the same sort of marking. The only things I've had any success with over the years is glass or acrylic sheet with cabinet bumpers in between. Not the cheapest or easiest solution, but if the tank stays there for a year, you'll be glad you did.

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I bought clear vinyl that I put on top of the dresser/what ever I keep my tanks on. I just cut it to fit the top. Glass would look nice, but is expensive.

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Coasters are good, but keep in mind that if you spill water and it gets under the coaster, you'll still have the same exact problem. The water will stay there and won't go anywhere. Consider rigging something up that allows for some airflow underneath.
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I got a waffle-weave shelf liner (open spaces in the weave), cut it to about 2-3" larger than the tank, and put a piece cut off of an old vinyl shower curtain over that and under the tank. Not the classiest thing going but not bad really.
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I got a waffle-weave shelf liner (open spaces in the weave), cut it to about 2-3" larger than the tank, and put a piece cut off of an old vinyl shower curtain over that and under the tank. Not the classiest thing going but not bad really.
I might go with this. Heck, we're about to replace the shower curtain anyway.
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i would put something like a restaurant tray underneath the tank. any splashes or spills could the be easily mopped up with a cloth. the tray would also stop the tank from making any indentations in the wood of the furniture.
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I might go with this. Heck, we're about to replace the shower curtain anyway.
I've got this under 2 tanks and it works quite well and is easy to clean. One tank's on a file cabinet so the colors work (not that I worried about that). The other's on a really tacky old dresser/vanity and, again, the colors work well.
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