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  1. Default how to setup tank on non-level floor?


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    Hello all -

    I'm in the process of setting up a new tank, which I'm pretty excited about as it's my first in a long, long time.

    I am waiting for everything to arrive at my local store, but the basic set up with be an Aqueon 54g corner tank with matching stand/cover, a Fluval 305 and Hydor 300w internal filter, Flourate substrate. This will be a freshwater, planted tank.

    My question is this: I did some analysis to make sure that this won't be too heavy on my floor- built in 1890 this house is a little tricky. The floor joists are in good shape and there's a supporting wall right next to the tank (although a heavy refrigerator is on the other side) so it should be just fine with 600 pounds on aquarium on it.

    I did realize, however, that the floor isn't quite level in that spot. There is hardwood flooring there, and it's quite smooth/sanded and in good shape, just not completely level. I understand that the tanks don't always need to be 100% level, but this floor seems slightly too slanted for my comfort level - also I think there could be a slight visual affect and I want to keep it looking clean.

    So, HOW DO I LEVEL this aquarium??? I am pretty handy but I'm not sure how to approach this. Any tips much appreciated!!

    thanks everyone, Dave

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    If it is coming with a stand, it should be a simple matter of putting a level on the stand before the tank is on it. Shim it up as needed then place your tank.
    How much do you think it is out, it should not be too bad in a corner.

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    Seems simple enough, but this things is pretty heavy so I'm concerned that a simple shim could slip or crush. I have wooden shims (i.e. for drywalling, etc.) and some plastic shims for toilets, etc..

    The shims are pointy, though, so I'm concerned that there could wind up being 2 or 3 hundred pounds on half a sq. inch of shim. I think I'm going to consider something more permanent, like making a small wood extension to one or more legs of the stand, but that seems like a pain, too.

    Since the floor is so old, I am also considering some way to distribute the load around a bit. This is probably not necessary, but if I had a piece of rigid material that fit exactly I'd probably go for that.

    I'd say that one of the legs will be just about .5 inches off the floor - pretty significant!

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    Look for some old or new cedar door shims at your building supply store. You can buy a small bundle for a couple of bucks. They will work or use some old cedar shingles. I ,m a journeyman carpenter and never seen a tank that could not be leveled. Make sure your level is accurate too.

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    135g. 6' -"currently"under reno. to river tank for 12-L204 Panaques and 12 Cory Sterbai
    135g. DIY 48"X28"X24"- 1/2" glass. 7-wild L046Hypancistrus zebra
    65g.- 7 [B]wild[/B]L066 Hypancistrus King tigers 6 - 30g. fry tanks
    BE responsable!

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    Ok, sounds good. But, won't a huge amount of the weight be on a tiny space where the bottom of the stand/leg meets the shim? Or does this not matter?

    Should the shim be connected to the leg? glued? something?

    thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-H
    Seems simple enough, but this things is pretty heavy so I'm concerned that a simple shim could slip or crush. I have wooden shims (i.e. for drywalling, etc.) and some plastic shims for toilets, etc..

    The shims are pointy, though, so I'm concerned that there could wind up being 2 or 3 hundred pounds on half a sq. inch of shim. I think I'm going to consider something more permanent, like making a small wood extension to one or more legs of the stand, but that seems like a pain, too.

    Since the floor is so old, I am also considering some way to distribute the load around a bit. This is probably not necessary, but if I had a piece of rigid material that fit exactly I'd probably go for that.

    I'd say that one of the legs will be just about .5 inches off the floor - pretty significant!
    I have a 150 gallon on wood shims that has carpet underneath with no problems. did not read last post. if it is 1/2 inch and you have legs i would look at metal shim that is pretty big gap. I perfer stands with flat bottoms not feet too much weight placed in one spot vs spread out.
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    Actually I would much prefer a flat bottom stand, too. I am on hardwood floor so the weight isn't going to distribute as well as I want it to. I'm not worried about the floor coming down, but this is an 1980 house so I don't want it to sag, dimple, etc.

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    What size tank Dave?
    What about building a platform you can set the stand on? Just shim the platform and set the tank on it.Make it out of 1" plywood and stain it to match the floor.
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    Do you have a picture of the stand that you could post?

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    Thanks for the replies.

    This is a 55 gallon Aqueon corner tank with matching stand. It turns out they do have one that is flush to the floor rather than having 4 legs! I haven't seem the bottom but I assume it's a fairly narrow footing that meets the floor. Still, that's WAY better for distribution than the one I had seen.

    I called the local store and they said sure, they will have this one for me when I pick everything up on Friday (woohoo!)

    Looks like this:



    This presents an odd problem, though, how do I shim this thing? I guess in the same way.

    Northernguy, I like the idea of putting a piece of ply down under the tank to further distribute the weight but it seems even harder to shim it that way. The ply isn't 100% rigid and the shims are only around the edges, so it seems like it would eventually sag or bow.

    I thought that one idea would be to take a piece of 1 inch ply and get a really good planer. Then I could try to plane it smooth with a slight angle on one side, which would make a sort of giant shim - perfect! That could be beyond my ability but actually it seems like it could work.

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