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Hey was reading in another forum about having your tank perfectly level or it will stress your seals. Is this 100% true. I know my 55g is slightly not level when I fill it for WC its maybe 1/16th off. Is this unsafe that I need to worry about.

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Get it as level as you possibly can (use a level). It takes only a few minutes and less than a couple dollars to invest in some shims from Home Depot. You can shim under the stand while the tank is full. I don't really think 1/16" would be too much of an issue, but it is best to be safe, right?
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how do i shim while the tank is full?

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I shimmed my 55 gal and my bro shimmed his 125 while both were full (although his was a little bit more difficult to get started).

The wedge is thin enough where it will squeeze between the stand and floor... then simply push (or kick, or whatever) the wedge further under the stand.

Some stands are going to be more difficult to shim up than others I imagine.
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Ok so with the added shims this will not cause pressure points to the bottom of the tank where the stand meet

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Since you won't be doing a lot of shimming... I wouldn't worry too much about it. For those that are doing a significant amount, it is important to not stop just when it is level, but to fill in the gaps between the points you shimmed so you maintain original contact between the stand and floor (now with shims between).
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so fill the gaps with more shims or what else.

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I just used my remaining shims. But again, I don't think you'll have to worry too much.
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Probably not a huge deal, but if you shimmed with traditional wood shims, you may want to re-check for level in a week or two. They will compress a bit under the weight of the tank/stand/water.

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What if your stand's on carpet? Wouldn't that make it hard to slide a shim under?
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Both of the stands I mentioned shimming were on carpet. I actually thought that would make it easier.
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some put this high compressive strength;
Blue Foam aka Pink Foam aka extruded Polystyrene
aka Styrofoam aka DOW extruded polystyrene

between the tank bottom and the tank stand.
this helps distribute weight and soften vibration
if your tanks is not level or in a high traffic area.

this stuff is also great if you have a heavy rock
or driftwood that may press on the tank bottom
and crack the glass as it can be safely submerged.


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i have a 75 gal tank that has been 1/2 inch off for 3 years now with no probs
(floor settled on me)
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When I started I was off by 1/4" now I am out by about 1/2". So far no problems.
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... heh.. when my tank wasn't level, I used bits of cardboard from the box the stand came in... been about 4 months with no problems, and it's still level.
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