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Old 06-04-2003, 01:10 AM   #1
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Water level

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I'm brand new to AA forums, but it looks like a great place to gain knowledge about the hobby!

Anyways, I just bought a 55 gallon fish tank, and I filled it up to about an inch and a half.
I took some water level measurements, and the right side is 0.3 cm (1/16 inch about) higher than the left side.
Is this a cause for concern?

I have read that it is recommended to use polystyrene foam to help level out imbalances. Art, hardware, plastics, and foam/rubber stores don't seem to carry and polystyrene!

All I've found in my foam is something called ETA-foam (or is it Etha-foam?).

Does anyone know any other good alternatives to polystyrene that is safe for leveling out a 55 gallon fish tank?

Safety and reliability is my number one concern, because if my fish tank cracks and leaks, I am DEAD MEAT!

Thanks a lot for any advice
Andy
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Old 06-04-2003, 08:42 AM   #2
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Anyways, I just bought a 55 gallon fish tank, and I filled it up to about an inch and a half.
I took some water level measurements, and the right side is 0.3 cm (1/16 inch about) higher than the left side.
That little difference is nothing to worry about, IMO. I dont think I've ever had a completely level tank, and never had one leak for that reason.

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pffffffft, that's not much! 8)
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I agree, I've had tanks a lot worse than that.
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Old 06-08-2003, 10:58 PM   #5
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thanks!
i decided to just fill it up... and it didn't explode. whew!
i was extra worried, since my apartment doesn't allow fish tanks, so if it did blow up, AND they found out...
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My 55 is 1/2" out of level. It's about 8 years old...no leaks so far. I think you'll be OK.
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Is it a glass tank or acrylic? I dont think the tank would crack if the weigh is properly distributed to the stand.
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