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Old 12-09-2005, 02:59 PM   #1
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Wobbly Tank

I have a 50 gallon saltwater tank. I bought it and the stand as a package. I have the thing set up on carpet and it seems to be a little wobbly. I can push hard on it and push the stand back against the wall.

Any ideas? Is this normal? I have seen other reports of anchoring it against a wall. How do you do this?

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Old 12-09-2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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is it only wobbly front to back, or is it wobbly in all directions (like a chair with a short leg) . if this is a prebuild stand, it should be almost perfectly level... it may be your floor. my tank is on carpet and will rock front to back slightly if you push it. A small amount of movement can be expected if you are on carpet since the whole thing is VERY top-heavy, and you dont have a direct interface between the stand and the hard floor.

check everything is level... if it is off a bit, make everything as level as you can get it. shoot for perfectly level, but a tiny bit off probably wont ruin anything. my tank has about a 1/16" difference in water level front to back, and i have no problems with my tank leaking or breaking.

also, if you are on carpet, you may have part of the stand resting on the tack strips. make sure you are a few inches away from the wall so you avoid the nail/tack strips.


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It only rocks from front to back and only if I push hard on it.
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:27 PM   #4
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Being on carpet, it will do that until it sinks into the carpet pad. Nothing to worry about. My 55G is like that now, since I haven't had it long. Eventually is should sink into the pad and be more stable.
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I've had a lot of experience with it in the furniture business (over 10 yrs), delivering chinas and entertainment centers, etc. You can't really level the doors until it's completely sunk into the carpet pad, and it rocks from front to back. Once it's sunk into place, you won't have any rocking. And that can take anywhere from a week to 2 months, depending on the pad under the carpet.
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