Another "how flat does it REALLY need to be? thread.

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I see a lot of people using pink insulation boards, yoga mats, and similar, to help level their tanks. I also hear rather extreme "your tank must be on a flat level surface, OR ELSE" posts from time to time. In an ideal circumstance, I agree that a tank should be perfectly level and on a perfectly flat stand.

I have a small tank, 22 gallons, (24"X16"X14") made out of 3/8" glass. For reference, that's the thickness of the glass used to construct a 120g aquarium. Yes. Overkill.

I want to put the tank on a chest of drawers. Between the weight of the tank and the weight of the water, we're talking about 250 lbs. When I put the empty tank on the chest of drawers, it's dead level. However, there is a thin gap between the front right corner and the top of the "stand." I was thinking about putting it on a 1/2" thick sheet of pink board. I cut a sheet for the tank and when the tank is empty, I still see the tiny gap between the pink board and the surface.

So my question for the peanut gallery is, do we think that pink board will compress enough to close the gap, and if it does, how horrible of an idea is it to use this stand. The tank is built like...a tank (the other kind) and so I have a fair amount of confidence in the seams. They have a huge surface area given the total weigh of the water/ dimensions.

Seeking advice from people with first hand experience using leveling mats and pink board in situations like this.

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If it helps, I think you will be fine either way with that size tank. It will find level on the board. If you want completely even weight distribution however, then you can make long shims to fill the gap.
 
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If it helps, I think you will be fine either way with that size tank. It will find level on the board. If you want completely even weight distribution however, then you can make long shims to fill the gap.
I kind of suspect that when I fill it, either the "stand" will collapse, the tank will break, or the thing will look level. I guess my night's work is cut out for me. My vote is #3.
 
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I have my 20g, rimless tank on my desk in the office. The desk was built from reclaimed wood planks (very heavy, but also uneven) I had the same conserns as you, so I cut a piece of 3/4 plywood slightly larger than the footprint of the tank and placed it between the tank and the desk. (my tank has a leveling mat pre-installed on the bottom, but it is very thin). This allowed me to have the tank on a flat surface, and also be able to shim under the plywood to level out the gaps... Just food for thought.

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The 2 largest tanks we currently have are 80g and 150g... both are about an inch off level... been fine for a year since we bought the house. We do intend to level both of them eventually for the aesthetics as well as giving in to all the fear mongering surrounding it. I'm sure bad things can happen. I do believe they are rare though. I've never had a level fish tank in my life I don't think... and every fish tank I've had was used. Besides the new 150 upgrade 1.5 years ago

I do belive that tanks with a rimless bottom do need some foam support though.
 
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if built correctly, it should be level.
A problem in my case is that this was never built to be an aquarium stand. It's not a total P-O-S, but who knows how it would do long term with 250 lbs sitting on it.

Then again, I have a similarly sized tank sitting on the night stand that's a part of the same set, and it's been fine. I'm amazed that my wife hasn't shut this whole thing down yet. lol.
 

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A problem in my case is that this was never built to be an aquarium stand. It's not a total P-O-S, but who knows how it would do long term with 250 lbs sitting on it.

Then again, I have a similarly sized tank sitting on the night stand that's a part of the same set, and it's been fine. I'm amazed that my wife hasn't shut this whole thing down yet. lol.
It just needs a solid flat piece of wood, can be anything.
Not a huge weight at 250lbs.
 
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