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Old 10-26-2014, 05:14 PM   #21
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Whys there always that one person to put me off something I've already done...


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Well I responded as soon as I saw the post in the active threads area. Not my fault you got bad info first You could have asked professionals first instead of on here and you would have gotten better info (hopefully) before you spent the time doing what appears to be a nice pattern under the tank. But nice doesn't always save the furniture and that IS what you are trying to do isn't it?
FYI: I have tanks I am currently using ( 10 gals, 20 gals, 30 & 40 gals ) that are over 30 years old and all are still on pieces of Styro. Most have original silicone as well even tho the tanks were empty for almost 10 years. That must mean something.
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Old 10-26-2014, 05:34 PM   #22
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So he could still add a 1/4" foam board under the masterpiece? Save the trouble of peeling all that off there.

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Old 10-26-2014, 06:03 PM   #23
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So he could still add a 1/4" foam board under the masterpiece? Save the trouble of peeling all that off there.

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I'd go a little thicker than 1/4" because of all those stickers. Standard polystyrene sheets at the local Home depot or Lowe's is either 5/8" or 3/4" would be a better thickness. Since the OP is in England, I don;t know what they have available there. Keep in mind, you are not dealing with a standard aquarium stand so there are no assurances that the piece is even level to start with. Glass is not forgiving.
As for removing the "decor" already there, it's best to have nothing between the glass and the styro. In theory, it shouldn't matter with a thicker foam pad. In reality, how much damage will be done to the piece of furniture if the theory is wrong? Is the OP willing to chance it?
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:07 PM   #24
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Well:

It was fun while it lasted...

I'll get the stryofoam instead, I'm assuming to use silicone to glue it down?


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Old 10-26-2014, 06:26 PM   #25
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I'll get the stryofoam instead, I'm assuming to use silicone to glue it down?
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No need to. Just lay the styro down, then the tank on top of it. The weight of the tank will keep it in place.
(You may want to put a towel or something thin and clean ( like brown wrapping paper NOT newspaper!!!! lol) under the styro to protect the finish on the furniture. Styro doesn't usually leave any marks but can get stuck to things like wax buildup from furniture polish. No sense going through doing it right then having something like furniture polish screw up your efforts.
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:23 PM   #26
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Well at least there's one upside to this whole day:

The tank has never been cleaner :-/


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Old 10-26-2014, 07:31 PM   #27
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Then it was all worth it. Right? lol
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I feel bad because I said it should be okay. But your tank looks very clean now.


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I feel bad because I said it should be okay. But your tank looks very clean now.


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Nah it doesn't matter, I've literally been home alone all day with absolutely nothing to do.

My hand is killing me after all that scrubbing.. THAT is your fault, haha


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Old 10-26-2014, 11:22 PM   #30
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Don't feel bad. It makes sense to think it's okay but the reality is, you need to know for sure something works before you advise that it can. I learned, the hard way and by the tank manufacturer we dealt with, that it isn't. I've cracked a few tanks in my day. That's why I don't crack them anymore.
FYI: The floating bottom molding was supposed to make tanks less likely to suffer stress cracks on the bottom glass. It's not 100% fail proof either. I use styro on those tanks too. If that molding cracks from age or wear or whatever, you are looking at a floor full of water.
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