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Old 09-19-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Uneven surface problem

Hello, i'm new to the forum, and still relatively green in the hobby, but i know a decent amount.
I recently bought a 20g aquarium (24x12x16) and i put it on my desk, i know this is not normally recommended but i ensured it would be fine. The problem is, the way it sits the four corners and the two 12in sides are in full contact with the desk but on the 24in sides it isn't contact with the surface(by a very small amount, two pieces of paper worth) except for at the corners. So my question is, am i going to have a problem with this when it is filled and if the answer is yes, what can i do to solve it?

Sorry for the length, and thank you for any answers.

Oh, and this is the aquarium(just a generic photo from petsmart where i purchased the aquarium)
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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I've not dealt with this personally but from what I've read the best course of action is to take a piece of foam and put it underneath along the perimeter.
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Okay, a picture of the tank sitting on the desk may help but here is how I think it will go.
The best thing is to have in on an even surface, because the weight will be distributed evenly along the bottom of the tank. Not all tanks have tempered bottoms. they are designed to sit on even ground. What I could see happening is stress cracks or the tank bursting.
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An Aquarium Sizes and Weights Chart

According to it a filled with water (not including fish, decor or gravel/sand) weighs 225 lbs! That is a lot of weight not to be on even ground. You may want to consider moving it, or seeing how to make it even on your desk.


here is another site that talks about weight distribution
http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/be.../f/faq0054.htm
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:01 PM   #4
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Jetajockey,
That's kind of what i've been thinking, i'm pretty sure it would work, but i'm iffy. Thanks for the response.

Oceangirl,
Hahaha you think that would have been the obvious thing to do, huh? Eh, you can't see the gap anyways, i noticed it because i accidentally slid a piece of paper and it made me think bad things. Haha
I was pretty sure it was bad, but that's why i asked. I'm looking for a way to make it sit even or something i could insert under it to support. I know something could work, but what that something is, i am unsure. Thanks for the response.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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I didn't know there was a hardware thread, is there any way to move this to that forum?
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:02 PM   #6
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Two pieces of paper is nothing, its like 6 thousandths of an inch. The weight of the water will even that out, it could be down to the frame on the tank not being completely true. I wouldnt worry about it personally.
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Get a 3/4" styro sheet from home depot or lowes. Cut it 1/4" wider and longer than the tank. It will cost about 10 bucks, but is well worth the peace of mind.
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On those tanks, the weight is designed to be on the corners. I think you'll be fine. A 20H isn't a mess of huge forces and pressures.

When you buy an aquarium stand made for that tank, it will also many times have tiny gaps along the long sides.

On those sized tanks, it's when the surface is uneven side to side and the tank twists or leans that you end up with issues.

That's just my experience. It will certainly not hurt to make sure the entire bottom rim is touching if you want.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:32 PM   #9
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It's actually more of a credit card thickness.
I was thinking of putting it on a sheet of styrofoam, what do you guys think?
Again, thanks for the responses.
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How about a sheet of cork instead?
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