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Corners of tank not touching stand?

I'm about to fill up my new 40 breeder, but I noticed that the front left and rear right corners of the black trim are not completely flush on the stand. I can slide a credit card through. What should I do? I did some searching on the net and some say to use foam and some say not to? Any suggestions please?

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Use a piece of wood cut to the size of the tank. Glue the wood to the stand and paint. Problem solved


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I wouldn't use plywood tho. Too flexible.


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It's already got 3/4" wood on top, so wouldn't another piece of wood on top be uneven as well?

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it sounds like the 3/4" stuff you have is not even? maybe plane it down?
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Make sure the tank is in full contact with the stand, or stress points due to unevenness could fail in time. You might try a thin closed cell foam pad under the tank.

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I know that pros use playing cards for leveling Billard tables. Not sure about aquariums On my 29 I leveled the stand and sat the aquarium on it.

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Make sure the tank is in full contact with the stand, or stress points due to unevenness could fail in time. You might try a thin closed cell foam pad under the tank.
That's what I'm trying to explain.... the tank is not in full contact with the stand, which means that either the plywood has some slight unevenness or the trim on the tank isn't even. I'm not sure what kind of foam or how thick to use.

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I've got some 3/16" thick foam board like this http://www.elmers.com/product/detail/951233 and I'm wondering if this would work?

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You could try closed cell weather stripping foam.

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Most likely your stand is a bit twisted. Try pulling on the stand from oposite corners and see if that can help. If so, most likely when you add the weight of the tank filled it will level everything out. If not, get the front of the tank flat against the stand, and shim the back corner(s) with pennies, or cut pieces from a plastic container and use those.


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I know a guy that builds cabinets and does all kinds of wood working. He's going to come over and see if he can do anything to the top to get it fixed. So I guess I'll see what he has to say. It's going to take more work, but hopefully it will be right. I'm just ready to get this thing setup already.

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Well don't rush it and remember that it must have support on all sides equally or you run the risk of the bottom falling out(ask me how I know that one). Forty gallons doesn't seem like a lot of water til you r cleaning it out of carpet.


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I'm not going to rush it. I definitely don't want to have a tank break. I put a really thin piece of cardboard under it and it makes it where it's completely flat, but I don't know if that is the right solution. The gap is only like a 1mm space. You can fit a credit card in there, so I'm at a loss as to what the best solution is.

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Well the guy never showed up. I called Marineland and a lady told me that using foam is ok and she even suggested the type of foam that I posted a link to without me mentioning it. Then I got disconnected in mid conversation. I called back and another woman wouldn't even talk to me about it because the stand is "custom built". So who knows. I'm frustrated right now!

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