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Exclamation Noob question involving bottom glass...

Please forgive my noobishness, this 25g I just bought is my first >10 gallon tank. It is a rimmed glass tank, and I was wondering if I'm supposed to put anything under the bottom glass, like plywood or styrofoam or something to keep it from bowing under the weight. There's about 1/8-1/4" inch of space between the glass and the surface of the table due to the thickness of the bottom rim.

This has never worried me before with my smaller tanks, but this bottom glass will be supporting about 250 pounds of water, sand and rocks!
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I've always used a thick piece of high density styrofoam (not the regular white kind; the one I use is pink, but I'm sure it comes in an assortment of colours).

It will also help even out any unevenness.

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If what you place the tank on is smooth, level, and flat then there is no need to put anything else there. The tank sits on its rim. The use of thin foam, styrofoam, or wood is being used to achieve a smooth flat surface.
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While the new tank may seem quite large and heavy, it is not really as large as some. The weight will not be a problem at all. Those who raise African cichlids often stack lots and lots of rocks in their tanks with no problem. The tank bottom is designed to hold the weight and is made to be off the stand.
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This should put your mind at ease:



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This should put your mind at ease:

Tempered Glass Aquarium - YouTube

Nevermind what I said. I think I'm good.
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