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    Figure you guys would have some ideas on this
    Is there such a thing as a drip tray for a desk top aquarium?
    I want to move my little 5 gal to sit on the top of a wooden desk.I'm trying to figure out the best way to protect the wood from accidental spills - and there are always a few slop overs during weekly water changes no matter how careful I am.

    hubby cut a piece of plywood that is about 1/2 in bigger than the footprint of the tank and painted it black. I'll set the tank on that so I've got a little lip around the bottom to catch some of the water. it's the little bit of water that sneaks under the plywood that worries me.
    any ideas? I don't want to set this tank up then if I decide to move it 6 months from now, find mold and warped wood beneath it on this nice desk top.

    This is going to be something so simple I'm going to feel stupid but right now, I'm drawing a blank
    thanks



    any ideas are appreciated.
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    I used a piece of clear acrylic for a similar reason and it worked like a charm! Plus it's transparent (if you buy it clear) so it still shows the grain of the wooden desk. :)

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    I can understand your concern about water splashing outside the tank during water changes, but I would think that the weight of the tank with water in it wouldn't permit any water to get underneath it as long as it is sitting on a flat surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion5
    I used a piece of clear acrylic for a similar reason and it worked like a charm! Plus it's transparent (if you buy it clear) so it still shows the grain of the wooden desk. :)
    I like that idea. I'm thinking maybe I could pick one up at a craft shop?
    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by andreahp
    I can understand your concern about water splashing outside the tank during water changes, but I would think that the weight of the tank with water in it wouldn't permit any water to get underneath it as long as it is sitting on a flat surface.
    I think you should be right, however, I had the 5 gal sitting on my kitchen counter for some time. I moved it to clean and was really surprised by the ring that had clearly been water that had accumulated and stained the counter. Could have sworn I'd cleaned up every little bit each time I did a w/c ... but there it was. not much but just enough so that if it had been setting on wood, I'd have had a damaging water mark.

    I try not to be but I'm naturally sloppy. You ought to see me after I've painted a room ... or maybe not

    this got me thinking though ... i wonder if I just laid a line of clear, silicone calk all around the base of the tank. that would seal anything from getting under it and should peel right off without any discoloration if I ever want to move the tank again. hum ...
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
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