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Partial gap between bottom of tank and stand - help!

Ok ,so I placed the tank in the desired spot ,placed the foam mat underlayer.....filled it with water and ....Only after I noticed thisphoto)
Is this a risk?As you can see from the second photo ,it goes way underneath ,up to where I managed to squeeze the paper sheet......please tell me I don't have to tear it apart! The tank is an 11 gallon ,18'' x 12'' x 13 '' high.
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Do you know if it was level on the surface before putting the foam mat under it? What type of foam mat is that?
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Do you know if it was level on the surface before putting the foam mat under it? What type of foam mat is that?
The mat came with the tank.It is much thinner and more rigid than the mat I had bought separately from the store ,for my other 10 g tank.

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I'm thinking more and more to empty the tank and buy a decent thicker mat ,restart everything from scratch next week....

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Isthr tank acrylic or glass? If it is acrylic that should not be a problem
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You could just get some foam padding from Lowes or Home Depot or a yoga mat.

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Ideally the bottom of a tank and the top of the stand are co-planer: both need to be flat (without twist). If this were my situation I would be asking myself which surface is not flat.

You can probably see which is twisted by getting your eyes level with the surface and sighting one end to the other. Yes this means emptying the tank and flipping it over so you can sight along the bottom freely. Google "how to use winding sticks" for the best way to do this. Two straight edges can be used as winding sticks to make figuring this out easy. You can fix a twisted stand with shims and some plywood; a twisted bottom on the tank makes it a return in my opinion.

Since this is not a large and heavy tank I'd empty some or most of the water, slide the tank onto some plywood or a cutting board or something and check your stand first.

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I completely emptied and removed the tank.The so called 'stand' is the latteral side-corner of a brick fireplace ,on top of which it has wooden boards ,for aesthetics.
I will post pictures tomorrow with the empty space ,and my other 10g tank ,which lies along the length of the fireplace.The 10 g has a thicker and softer foam mat underneath.Pics to come.thank you all for your advice.

PS I will also get some plywood and lay: double layer foam=plywood=foam-tank.Good or bad idea?

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Isthr tank acrylic or glass? If it is acrylic that should not be a problem
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http://www.firsttankguide.net/tanktype.php - checked out 'support and rigidity' and 'strength' - Glass vs Acrylic -it actually says that acrylic needs a full bottom support,at least that's what I understood at this late hour.....I decided not to risk it though....gonna add some plywood to be sure.

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Back with photos ,the first one shows the space in which I want to place the tank ,it has some surface imperfections.In the left side you can see the side of my 10 gallon long (30'' x 8'' x 10'' high) ,which sits above the front of the brick fireplace.It only has foam underneath(not the same as this tank) ,and the water is level.

I bought the hardest plywood I could find at Home Depot ,placed it on the surface ,and that's how I noticed the imperfection= the plywood rocks between the low rights side corner and the upper left side ,about 1 mm gap.

What I intend to do is place some aquarium foam mat under the plywood(double layer maybe?) ,then place a single layer of foam mat on top ,then the tank.
Can I get away with this or do I really need to look for another spot to place the tank?

Should I shim the lower right corner of the plywood?(2nd pic)
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