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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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It's this one. I finished it a few weeks ago and today am ready to put in place. I have removed all the hardscape and fishes are in a 5gal bucket w/their filter running.... I leveled the stand and put the tank back on it- w/just the substrate in there. Looks like top surface (plywood) is not completely level. I'm used to being able to see under the tank a tiny gap, but in this case, I can see under the corners- the tank rim actually only makes contact along the middle of the length. The gap is 1/16". I guess i did not do a good enough job sanding the top smooth, or I applied the sealant/wood stain too thick-

Also now i eyeball it from a certain angle seems top panel of stand has a slight upward bow. I was thinking the weight of tank would push it down- will that happen

Now what? Should I try and sand it more? Put a sheet of styrofoam under? or just leave it and not worry about it. It's a 20g tank on there.

Well I am going to fill it and see if the weight of water levels out the top of the stand? maybe it will flatten down the uneven layers of polyurethane/wood stain I applied and be ok-

If not guess I have to sand it down some more and re-stain again ugh


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 03:05 PM
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I would not worry the issue. A 20 gallon is not going to get much twist that would cause the bottom to crack. I would fill to the top of the bottom trim and use that as a gauge for level, even though the trim may not be on totally true. Being unlevel on smaller tanks is not a big thing. Twisting one is more critical.
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Thanks for the reassurance. I've filled it up and there is still a small gap on three corners- it is resting solid only on one corner and the middle span of the long sides..... Is this really safe, it won't crack the glass?

It's very level- I put the level on all for edges top rim and the bubble is almost dead center- and the stand is very sturdy, no wobble. Just this issue w/the top not being completely flat/smooth still a bit concerned.


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I have never had glass break due to a stand not supporting a tank evenly but I have had a tank develope a leak due to improper support from a stand. Putting a piece of rigid foam insulation board between a stand and a tank is a common way to even out the distribution of the weight of the tank.
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Ok thanks, that's a very good idea.


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Ok I bought a sheet of rigid foam insulation board. I spray-applied plastidip to the edges to make them black, but it kind of seeped into the foam and caused the edge to become slightly concave, plus little bits of the original color (puplish pink) still show. I hope it hasn't affected the integrity of the board?

I'll have to get black masking tape or electric tape to cover it up still. Working on removing all the hardscape/plants from the tank yet again, so I can move it and put this underneath. Then I will not feel so uneasy about it.
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