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11-13-2012, 02:14 PM #1
tips to protect wood beneath 5 gal
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
any ideas are appreciated.
11-13-2012, 02:57 PM #2Member Swordtails
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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. :)
11-13-2012, 02:59 PM #3Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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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.
11-13-2012, 03:14 PM #4
0Originally Posted by Orion5
11-13-2012, 03:19 PM #5
0Originally Posted by andreahp
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 ...