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Wrought Iron Stands - Shim & Wood Floor Help

I recently got wrought iron stands for my new 11g tanks. The floors in my house are wood floors. When I placed the stands where the tanks will be, I realized the floor wasn't leveled.

So I need to shim the stands. What kind of shim can I use with wrought iron stand?

Also, since it's a wood floor with iron stand, would I need something underneath the legs to protect the floor? Like foam mat?


** On top of stand will be 3/4 inch plywood primed/painted for 11g to sit on **

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Since its only 11 gal I would get the rubber furniture cups for under the legs and let it settle into those. With only 11 gal should be no big deal. That would protect floors and solve the level issue.

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Furniture cups as stated orWood shims. Why on earth are you putting plywood under the tanks?

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Since its only 11 gal I would get the rubber furniture cups for under the legs and let it settle into those. With only 11 gal should be no big deal. That would protect floors and solve the level issue.

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Okay great. I will look into those.

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Furniture cups as stated orWood shims. Why on earth are you putting plywood under the tanks?
The tanks are rimless.

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Ah. Wasn't aware a rimless need full support. My rimless breeders have only support around the perimeter. And the farm I got them from had only 2 pipes supporting them.

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people seem to be going goofy about supporting rimless tanks. Never heard folks worry about that in the past. I wonder what started that.
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I specifically asked this to the TruAqua (Aquatop folks) and they demanded that it is fully supported on the bottom.


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people seem to be going goofy about supporting rimless tanks. Never heard folks worry about that in the past. I wonder what started that.
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I specifically asked this to the TruAqua (Aquatop folks) and they demanded that it is fully supported on the bottom.
Supported makes sense but I always thought the stand or desk top, whatever, would do that well enough.

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Always do what the manufacturer recommends no matter how inane it may seem. If something should go wrong you can't be found at fault.

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what he said

assuming of course that you read the directions.

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assuming of course that you read the directions.
What are these things you call "directions"? Men don't know anything about them.

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If it's just one leg that has no support, then you do need to shim it. Twisting a
tank will break it quicker than any other odd thing which might be involved in setting up one. If I'm not too far off onthis one, the legs have round iron disc at the bottom of each ? First place the tank(empty) and the wood on top of the stand and check for level. You may need to add shims to other legs to get it level.
Then those rubber caps which you see on crutches are good for the ends of the legs
but you will need to take something the same size as those round disc to the store/w you to make sure you get the rubber caps that fit.
While there get also some washers just a bit smaller than the round disc.
I would also suggest you get(can be from the same place if you are getting the rubber caps from like Home Depot) a sheet of 1/2" foam insulating and cut it the same size as the bottom of the tank and place between the tank and plywood. It will help take up imperfctions. After you have measured the gap n the leg that doesn't touch the ground
you just place enough washers to take up that much space into the rubber cap before you put it on the legs, but ony put the washers in the short one.
Then check for level. If one end is higher than the other, place one or two washers under the (both) legs on that end. These are seperate and not included in those for making one short leg longer. Then check for level again, repete if necessary.
After it is level AND the short leg has been accounted for, the tank should be solid.
This is all without water etc in the tank.

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These are the legs:



And tanks will have mats between tank/plywood.

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You use the plural "tanks", I'm just wondering how many 11 g tanks per stand?
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Three tanks. One tank per stand.

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