Discussion in 'I made this!' started by Zgetman, Jun 13, 2014.
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Thank you Mr. Bill. You are very helpful indeed.
Yeah that thing is more than strong enough. You got a piece of foam to go under than tank?
No, I didnt think it was necessary. I will have plywood under it.
I never use foam unless the top is not level in all directions or has imperfections, usually 1/2" or 3/4" marine grade plywood is sufficient.
DIY is at least half the fun of this hobby!
Foam or polystyrene sheet will also help absorb shock and vibrations and minimise stress on the fish
Thats a new one to me and I have kept saltwater tanks for over 30 years? It might be beneficial for an acrylic tank or even glass tank if the stand top is uneven otherwise I don't see much benefit since the weight is bourne around the edges on a glass tank. Make sure the stand is plumb. level and not racked side to side, diagonally or front to back and its not an issue. I always fill my tanks a few inches, let them sit for a few hours to settle in then level them with shims so they are level in all directions.
I always fill my tanks a few inches, let them sit for a few hours to settle in then level them with shims so they are level in all directions.
Shims would work. Do you just use the cedar shims like at the depot? How you hide them?
I have checked the height of each side and I am just under a 1/4 of an inch short on one corner. I am debating on buying a granite slab for the top, to add a little bit of flare and stability and to ensure there is no warping. I have not nailed the top plywood down yet and I plan on putting a shim on the short side.
Foam will not level a tank and should only be used on flat bottom style tanks. Tanks with a rim should sit directly on the wood. If it isn't level shimming the stand is the only way to go. Stand looks great and if I was you I wouldn't have any doubt it will hold your tank. Very nice.
Thank you DB
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