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Old 04-14-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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slanted water line...panic?

I finally filled up my 55g and chose a nice spot in the corner of my second floor room. Now that its filled and I can step back I notice the waterline is very much deeper on the one side of the tank (the end that is furthest from the corner). I found a tape measure and the corner end of the tank is three quarters of an inch higher than the other end.
I notice the carpet is slightly higher on that end. Could that be the reason or should I be concerned here?
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:12 PM   #2
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I'm going to say that it isn't a problem ONLY because my friend has had a 55g with the same exact quirk, and he's had it up and running for over 7 years with no problems. The tank was just built funny and it dosen't compromise the integrity.

Though if your carpet is higher then it may be your floor.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:26 PM   #3
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IMO I would shim the stand to level then fill the tank 1/4 full and check for level before filling completely. If it's a glass tank I would be stressed, a plexi tank, not so stressed but off level would still bother me. If it's on carpet and it's off level back to front you may be on the tack strip that holds the carpet in place. Moving the tank away from the wall should help.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:48 PM   #4
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An uneven tank places stress on the glass, & over time may cause the seam to fail. 3/4" is too much for my comfort. I would shim it just to be safe.
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Thanks all,
I will be emptying most of the water and will try moving the tank a few inches off the wall. I wanted to try out my shiny new python anyway . Is the preferred shimming method just a piece of foam?
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:00 PM   #6
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Thats funny, same issue here except mines on a tiled over cement floor, I was nearly an inch off from side to side, I had to use shims and felt under them so it didnt slide easy.

I used wood shims, I think the weight might crush the foam
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I have used wood shims. There tapered so if you need a small amount (1/8 to 1/4) you use one, for more use 2 from opposite sides. Try a LHWS (local hardware store) in the lumber department. Good luck.
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An uneven tank places stress on the glass, & over time may cause the seam to fail. 3/4" is too much for my comfort. I would shim it just to be safe.
IMO a blown seam would be a big but easily repairable problem. A cracked (:butt glass would be a major disaster. Especially if it blew out the whole pane.
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They make nylon door shims too that wouldn't break up if any water got to them over time.
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IMO wood won't break up unless soaked for a very long time. While plastic is a great medium it has its limits. 1 it can be slippery. 2 it can become brittle. 3 it's a byproduct of the petrochemical industry. Just my 2.5 cents.
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