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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-07-2015, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Tank Not Leveled Left/Right

I have a new tank setup that's not leveled left to right which is causing more of the water to the front of the tank. That is, both sides are leaning the same level back. One side is not leaning more back than the other. The front and back are leveled.

Ideally, all sides should be leveled but since the front/back are leveled, should I immediately get the sides leveled too?

Unfortunately I already already put in the substrate but I don't have any fish yet. This is a 50 gallon tank.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-07-2015, 06:05 PM
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I would level it before you put anything else in the tank. Two people can easily move that size tank with substrate and a bit of water.
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+1 I would also re-level the whole tank
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+1 on do it now.
Twist is far worse on a tank. Seen it break a 125/w twist. Floor was covered/w carpet which hid an irregularity in the slab floor. Unfortunately it went on a diagonal to the tank.
Tank was fine for 7 months, then blam water from living room through the kitchen.
But tilt also gives irregular stress to the tank seams. Now is better than after it breaks.
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hmm...time to buy some shims (8 in. Composite Shim (Bundle of 12)-SHM1-12-TW - The Home Depot).

My biggest concern is lifting the tank. 50g tank + ~120lb substrate +plants - 40lb water is a lot of weight. Especially since my stand only has the edge to hold the tank.

Edit: Actually, maybe I can get away with just draining 90% of the water and inserting the shims....that should take 90% of the weight down
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