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    Good luck getting that to sit level! lol
    I think if you shim the platform at the corners and center the stand would sit level on it.
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    1/2" is a hell of a distance to shim lol... building your own stand out of the picture? grab a couple 2x4's and build one up and you could measure it out so that you could slant the bottom compared to the top so that the top would appear relatively straight while the bottom is completely in contact with the floor... HOWEVER if you aren't confident in your building skill don't waste the time lol

    maybe anchor it to the wall? you could shim it temporarily to get it level and then secure it to the wall with a line of screws on the inside of the stand (assuming you can get into it) and then find some aesthetically appeasing way to cover the gap at the bottom. idk just spit ballin haha
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    I had mine out of level a half inch from side to side and 3/8 of an inch back to front, so I had a pretty big challenge myself not to mention the stand I bought was built like crap. What worked well for me was using standard shims and 1900 blanks or 11b blanks which are electrial box covers and are solid metal. It took alot of playing around but I got it. I also got a sheet of birch 5/8 thick and cut it a little bigger then the stand. I shimmed under the plywood and used the metal blanks on top of the plywood. Cant tell at all it was shimmed; It worked well for me. Good luck with it!

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    Wood shims should work just fine. And since it's a full base, you can shim a larger area which will distribute the weight. If you're still concerned, you can use floor leveler that any hardware store/supply yard should carry.
    Make a small form out of scrap plywood or pine to match the front edge of your stand and tack it to the floor. I would make it about a 1/2" smaller than the base so you won't have an edge sticking out after. Line it with a piece of heavy plastic, tape the corners and seams so it doesn't leak out before it sets. Run the plastic about 2 inches up the wall. Then mix up the floor leveler and pour it in. It should be self leveling but you may still need to smooth it out. Before it fully hardens, check for any high spots with a level and scrape them down. Remove the wood form after it hardens, trim your plastic edges and you should be good to go.

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    With your house being as old as it is you need to check to be sure that the floor itself isn't bowing when your standing in that area. I live in an old farmhouse and it is a common problem for me.

    Easy way to check is to tape a string to each wall in the corner where you aquarium will be sitting and then hang a pencil from that string down to floor where your standing keeping the pencil just above the floor. When you step back and the floor touches the pencil you know its bowing.
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    Very constructive advice, thanks everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipW
    Wood shims should work just fine. And since it's a full base, you can shim a larger area which will distribute the weight. If you're still concerned, you can use floor leveler that any hardware store/supply yard should carry.
    Make a small form out of scrap plywood or pine to match the front edge of your stand and tack it to the floor. I would make it about a 1/2" smaller than the base so you won't have an edge sticking out after. Line it with a piece of heavy plastic, tape the corners and seams so it doesn't leak out before it sets. Run the plastic about 2 inches up the wall. Then mix up the floor leveler and pour it in. It should be self leveling but you may still need to smooth it out. Before it fully hardens, check for any high spots with a level and scrape them down. Remove the wood form after it hardens, trim your plastic edges and you should be good to go.
    I am kind of liking the idea of using a floor leveler because it seems like a definitive solution to the problem. However, I've never used that kind of product before. It will be a bit tricky to make a form that fits this aquarium stand perfectly because it has that huge curve along the front, but I could probably find some flexible material that would work.

    If I put down the plastic, the leveling material will still be able to settle into the shape of the floor effective but won't actually be adhered to the hardwood floor, correct? That sounds pretty good - when this is all over and I move the tank, the floor should theoretically be in perfect shape and undamaged except for the effect of being covered for so long. Also, it sounds like the leveler materials will set and be extremely rigid which would have the additional benefit of distributing the weight of the tank nicely.

    Sounds good! Is this kind of thing as easy as it sounds? It's hard to believe that it would actually self-level just from gravity, but hey anything is possible! Has anyone use a product like this?

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    Yes it is that easy. It's not a 5 minute job like shims would be, but it will give you a solid base.
    The form doesn't need to be perfect. When you get the stand, set it in place and trace the edge on the floor with a pencil. You can use anything to make the form, if you have a strip of wood or plywood, something that's flexible, you can bend it around just inside the pencil line so the inside of the form is about 1/2" smaller than the stand itself. This way the finished edge won't be sticking out past the base. Then tack some small blocks around the outside of the form to hold it in place. small finish nails would work best and easy enough to hide the tiny holes after you pull them out. The plastic will keep it from bonding to the floor or walls in case you ever want to move the tank.

    You'll mix the product so it's like runny yogurt and just pour it in to your desired thickness. If there is a minimum thickness on the directions, I would follow that. Make sure it says self-leveling on the bag, follow the mixing directions, and it should do just that. Just like a glass of water finds level.
    After it hardens, remove the form, trim the plastic, and put your stand on top and get to work on the tank. You can run a bead of latex caulking around the bottom edge to hide the gap and give it a more finished look, if you care to.

    While I've never used it quite like this, I have used it to fix uneven floors before covering them up with carpet or some other finished flooring.

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    Omikeosh, That is the best idea so far.

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    Yea, I am liking this idea a lot. I spoke to a friend of mine who is a wood flooring specialist and he said that while it's better to let the floor be exposed to the air, it would be ok to have it covered by plastic for a while. He mentioned that if the sun was hitting the floor constantly then the blocked area would probably be a slightly different color when the plastic was removed, but this little corner isn't hit by the sun so it's no problem.

    And, he had an interesting idea to make this technique nicer to the floor. He said that once the leveler dries and sets up (and it rigid, presumably) I could take it up off the floor and use a Dremel to add a bunch of very small grooves, in a grid pattern. These would be 1 millimeter deep, not enough to compromise the strength of the leveler but enough to let tiny amounts of air get through, thus helping the wood not to accumulate moisture, etc.

    He also had some concern that the leveler would have enough strength to support the tank without cracking if I made the leveling surface too thin. This could be avoiding by finding a leveler with a minimum thickness that still has plenty of strength but is also very strong.

    Good idea, and a fun project. I think I'm going for it!

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