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Old 07-29-2010, 04:20 PM   #1
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Tank concerns: bowing, uneven

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I have two tanks with two issues that concern me.
1st-I just noticed today that my acrylic tank (had over a year) has some bowing in the back. Its a 20g with what looks to be 1/4in thick acrylic sides. Not sure how bad it is, but its supposed to be 13in front to back and at the bowings extreme it is 13 and 1/8in. So I guess thats 1/8in off from what its supposed to be. Is that a problem?

2nd-I recently got a 7.5g rimless glass tank. The water is not level. There is a 1/4in difference in water height.

I suspect I am in trouble, anyone in agreement? What can I do?

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Old 07-29-2010, 04:26 PM   #2
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Are both tanks on the same stand? Is the stand level?
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:32 PM   #3
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Hello,
both tanks are on their own stand. The 20g is on a wooden stand that was meant for a 20g tank. The other, 7.5g, is on a wooden dressor. Both are on carpeted floor. Im sure the un even levels are due to the carpet. Am I in danger, or am I working myself up over nothing?

A bubble level reveals they are both slightly off, althought the bubble is mostly in the center level area. (Just not perfectly so)

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Are they both new tanks?
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These are pretty small tank, so the risks are not nearly as much (much less weight.)

Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about a 1/4" difference in a 7 gal. <1/4" would be my limit for an uneven tank tho ...> But to be perfectly safe, you can shim up the dresser so it is perfectly level.

A 1/8" bow is not bad for a 20 gal, esp acrylic ... which can have a bit of a give. I think you would be OK.
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Hello,
the 20g is over a year old. Just now noticed that the tank was bowed in the back.

The 7.5g is new (1month old). Its fully set up with live rock, sand, water, corals, and a fish. I am finishing a hanging stand for the led light I made for it. That should take some weight off the top of the tank. Maybe make it more stable? (not level, but less stress on an uneven rimless seems good).

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If the stand is uneven then place some shims under the stand until it is level. I had to add shims over time as the stand settled into the carpet. Even though they are small tanks I still wouldn't want water on the floor.
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