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Old 03-02-2015, 10:59 PM   #11
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How would that help?

Just for extra info, the corners of the 55 are meeting flushly and so are the 20L but the 40B has the right corners off
The styrofoam will fill the gaps as the tanks compress that foam panel. Some people swear by this method. I don't use it because my tank sits flush on my home built stand. But I was prepared to use it if I couldn't get it to sit level.
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Maybe a sheet of plywood in addition to the foam.


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+1. I should have mentioned that. My tank sits on a 3/4" thick plywood on top of the stand.
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+1. I should have mentioned that. My tank sits on a 3/4" thick plywood on top of the stand.

I did not see that. I think that with the foam should provide adequate support for the tank.


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So if I get 1/2 insulation foam at the hardware store I should be set?
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:08 PM   #16
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I got the styrofoam insulation board but it only came in one 48 x 96 size so I had the guy cut it down for me and I had enough to use two pieces for each tank except for the 55 because that cut was really messed up.

Hopefully the double insulation will help keep the heat in.

Tomorrow I plan on getting sand, should I go for black in all of the tanks or go white in the 55?
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:29 PM   #18
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Put about 35 pounds of sand in the 20 L to get a nice deep substrate for the plants and a thin layer (about 10 pounds) for the 40 B because I don't plan on planting it.

White or black for the 55? I will be getting 4 festivum, 8 trilineatus cories, and 12 amano shrimp.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:29 PM   #20
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Went with black. Thanks Dee

On Friday I attempted to fill using my Aqueon water changer and the sink in my apartment backflows into the cabinet underneath it once it hits head pressure so I ended up dripping like a gallon of water under the sink. I only filled like 7 gallons in the tank.

My waterchanger is 25 feet so this kinda left me hanging because the kitchen sink is too far away.

I ended up making a plywood platform with wheels and buying a 32 gallon trashcan. I used a ratchet strap to keep it from bowing and deforming too much. I used two swivel casters in front and two rigid casters in the back so it was like steering a shopping cart.

Then I bought a MaxiJet 900 half off to fill the tanks. It went pretty well and I got the 40 B filled yesterday.
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