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Old 04-28-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Tank stability issue. Please help!

I just got my 55 gallon all filled and noticed that the stand was not supporting the very corners of the tank. All along the sides are supported fine but there is a small gap between the stand and the tank at every corner. See photo below. Is this going to cause issues with my tank? I notice the water line seems to be about a 1/4 in lower in one of the corners.



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Old 04-28-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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Hi it should be OK? You say the water level isn't level? So is the actual base level? If you have a spirit level then perhaps see if the tank is actually level?
Hope that all made sense
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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Hi it should be OK? You say the water level isn't level? So is the actual base level? If you have a spirit level then perhaps see if the tank is actually level?
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Dead center of the tank:


ON the corner with the low water line:
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Hi now that is weird. My tanks are not level,but the spirit level shows this where ever it is on the lid,so i can only assume that some how the lid isn't level?? I would say that if the tank is full and is not {say it very quietly}leaking then i would say it will be OK. Obviously just keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get any worse Be interesting to see if any one else can come up with any other theories?
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Hi now that is weird. My tanks are not level,but the spirit level shows this where ever it is on the lid,so i can only assume that some how the lid isn't level?? I would say that if the tank is full and is not {say it very quietly}leaking then i would say it will be OK. Obviously just keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get any worse Be interesting to see if any one else can come up with any other theories?
I was wondering if the trim could be uneven. Can tank glass/joints fail because of a slight variance in water pressure from being slightly un-level?
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^^^ that's what I'd be afraid of. How about emptying the tank and placing the level on the bottom glass? Also moving the tank and doing the same on the stand then (as silly as it sounds) the floor under the stand?
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^^^ that's what I'd be afraid of. How about emptying the tank and placing the level on the bottom glass? Also moving the tank and doing the same on the stand then (as silly as it sounds) the floor under the stand?
This might be a dumb question but, the sand is lower on the side of the tank that the water line is low on. Could that affect the water level? I wouldn't think so but I need to ask. Also, if you look at the level photos, its really not uneven enough to go outside of the level marks on the level (does that make sense?) .
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The sand won't effect it because of gravity. You said the waters about 1/4 of in inch lower in one corner (not both front corners?) so that's a cause of concern to me. From what I've read tanks take most of the weight of the water on the corners then the outside edges. The middle of the bottom glass doesn't need supporting. If its only a few mm gap and it doesn't extend further than a few inches it might not be a problem though.
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The sand won't effect it because of gravity. You said the waters about 1/4 of in inch lower in one corner (not both front corners?) so that's a cause of concern to me. From what I've read tanks take most of the weight of the water on the corners then the outside edges. The middle of the bottom glass doesn't need supporting. If its only a few mm gap and it doesn't extend further than a few inches it might not be a problem though.
Just googled it and according to what I've read, as long as the BASE of the tank is level and not uneven in anyway, there is no worries. Read stories of people with 90+ gallon tanks that were up to an inch uneven and they had no issues. So, I'm not going to sweat 1/4 inch unless I start to see some leaking I dont even think mine is a whole 1/4 off after looking at it again.

EDIT: Just measured from the botom trim to the top trim on both sides and it appears that the side that has the lower water line has the trim peice up higher. When I ran my hand around the inside of the trim I noticed that it had been siliconed back in place. I think just the trim is uneven,
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Check the level of the stand itself on all four corners. 1/4 inch is a lot on a 55 gallon. If the stand is off, empty the tank and shim the stand. It's also a good idea to put a thin sheet of styrofoam or rubber shelf liner between the tank and stand to pick up any small gaps. If the stand is level then it's just your trim that's out of whack.
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