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Old 11-10-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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Question Aquarium stability on carpet

Hi, all! My name is Sara and I'm new to this forum. I was hoping I could get some advice and such.

I have a 60 gallon aquarium and stand; I've just moved from a place with tile to a place with carpet and the tank seems to be wobbling from front to back. I haven't filled it yet, because I'm not sure how stable it is. When I have the tank shoved closer to the wall vs. out from the wall, there is about a 3/4" difference from the top of the tank to the bottom of the stand and about a 1/2" change in water level. I have the tank shoved back on the stand, with about a 1/4" left in back and 1 1/4" in the front. Does all (or any) of that make sense?

Down to it: Will my tank be more likely to topple forward once I fill it or is it not enough of a tilt to cause any problem? Is there any other factor I may have missed? Am I safe or just being paranoid, or other? I'll have fish in there that have been with me for almost 6 years; I don't want to lose them.

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Old 11-10-2010, 04:44 PM   #2
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Well unless your stand is really off balance I think you will be fine. A 60 gallon tank filled is going to weight around 600 lbs... the carpet shouldn't be able to sway it once it is filled... my 2 cents
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The difference when the back is closer to the wall is the tack strip that holds the carpet. you will want to stay off of it or your tank will lean to the front. after you get the weight of the water in the tank, it will flatten the carpet and pad under it and be more stable.
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So it'll be ok if I have the tank stand about 4" from the wall? I'll pull it out more if I have to, but I have kittens and I don't want them to get behind the tank and unplug things.
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So it'll be ok if I have the tank stand about 4" from the wall? I'll pull it out more if I have to, but I have kittens and I don't want them to get behind the tank and unplug things.

a couple of inches should get you far enough away from the tack strip, it is only an inch wide and usually 1/2' away from the wall
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:04 PM   #6
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Ok, well the filter sticks out a little further than that, so that'll be super. I moved these fish from Kentucky to Florida and back again, but I've never seemed to have this problem! Thank you!
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I have a 55g tank on carpet in my bedroom and I don't have any problems out of it. How well built is the stand?
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:22 PM   #8
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Well, I got it at Petsmart. It seems to be...satisfactory. It's not junk, but it's not a brick house.

I'm also wondering if having the tank pushed that far back on the stand is a good idea or a bad one.
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You`ll be OK on carpet. Mine has been there for twelve yrs now. The tank and stand will be so heavy it will be nice and firm on carpet. BTW welcome to AA.
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I would make sure the tank is centered properly on the stand and just move the whole thing out from the wall. My HOB filters got in the way too and I just move the stand and tank a little further from the wall. It won't make much of a difference doing that. You'll be okay.
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