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Old 04-02-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Aquarium water shakes when walk by?

Just set up my 20g long on carpet. The tank is set up close to a wall and close to my door on the first floor. This is pretty much the only spot I can have it since my 55 is going to the right of it and I cant tear this down again. It doesnt violently shake or anything but it does make some tiny waves. It is probably due to the height of the stand, which is level. What can I do?

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Old 04-02-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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Have you a photo of the setup to get an idea what your up against.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:29 AM   #3
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Have you a photo of the setup to get an idea what your up against.


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Old 04-02-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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I would guess that the floor shakes as well?
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I would guess that the floor shakes as well?
A bit yes depending on how heavy footed I am

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With the stand being completely open underneath the 4 legs would flex and amplify movement at all in the floor.
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The only thing I can think is to beef up the stand a bit, with either gussets on the tops of the legs ( back ones anyhow ) or close the back and maybe the sides in to stiffen it up.
You will never stop it. Completely as long as the floor moves.
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The only thing I can think is to beef up the stand a bit, with either gussets on the tops of the legs ( back ones anyhow ) or close the back and maybe the sides in to stiffen it up.
You will never stop it. Completely as long as the floor moves.
The stand is all 2x4 and could easily hold 3x the weight of the 20g. I dont see how it could flex? It follows the same common diy stand plans

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At the joints. They always move a little no matter how tight the bolts are.
The big problem is the floor.
If the back of the stand is against the wall and not moving but the front moves with the floor and the stand is say 12 inches don't to back and for the sake of argument we will say 30 inches tall, ( now this is an egsaturation ) the front drops 1/16 of an inch the tank is no longer level. The 30 inches of hight will multiply the forward movement of going off level and then back to level thus waves.
The only way to stop it is to stop the floor from moving.
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At the joints. They always move a little no matter how tight the bolts are.
The big problem is the floor.
If the back of the stand is against the wall and not moving but the front moves with the floor and the stand is say 12 inches don't to back and for the sake of argument we will say 30 inches tall, ( now this is an egsaturation ) the front drops 1/16 of an inch the tank is no longer level. The 30 inches of hight will multiply the forward movement of going off level and then back to level thus waves.
The only way to stop it is to stop the floor from moving.
Oh I see now, so really the only way to 100% stop it is to put it on concrete... the water movement cant damage the tank can it?

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