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Old 03-11-2010, 05:44 PM   #11
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I have a question. Was the center always bowed or is it just now starting to bow?
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:54 PM   #12
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I have a question. Was the center always bowed or is it just now starting to bow?
To be honest I'm not sure. I only noticed because the sand in the front of my tank was shifted from the current of my powerheads. That caused the lights to shine through the bottom of the tank and I could see the gap in the front. So it may have been like that the whole time.
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Stands aren't that expensive. Better to be safe than sorry I suppose.
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:59 PM   #14
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I would get a new stand. A glass tank should be supported evenly all the way around the entire perimeter. If it is only touching around the corners, that is a cracked tank waiting to happen.

you can shim small gaps with a Styrofoam underlay, but that is meant for tiny gaps of maybe 1mm or less. Since you gap is 1-2cm, I'd be looking at a new stand.
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Ok so what would be the typical procedure for something like this. Im assuming taking all the water/rock out, putting it into a trash can with a power head, then moving the fish into probably a small rubber maid bin, keep the sand where it is, swap the stands, then put everything back? When putting the water back into the tank with the sand, if I mix up the sand in any way, is that bad for the fishes gills? I was thinking about adding some sand at this time, and I know it wouldnt settle right away.
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If you want to do a good job & not rush, it is best to setup a proper holding tank for the fish. I use a 30 gal rubbermaid bin for my redecoration. <That is also my QT/hospital tank.>

I fill the 30 gal with tank water, move the fish over. I put the filter & heater (and some of the decor) in the bin. I ran that for 3 days while I re-did my main tank.

Once you have the fish settled, you don't have to rush in re-doing the main tank. You can swap substrate, move things around, etc. You have time to wait for the tank to settle before moving the fish back. <I have a spare Marineland HOT filter, so I ran that with a water polishing filter for 4-5 hrs to get rid of all the fine sand/ crud floating in the water. If your holding tank is stable, you can afford to wait a day or 2 for your main tank to settle out on its own.>
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