Help leveling a tank, safely!

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  1. Pennyworth

    Pennyworth Wonderpus Registered

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    I've been itching to get my tank up and running and get another octopus, and the only reason anything is on hold, is because I can't figure out how to make my tank level, in a way that won't leave me worrying it's going to collapse.

    My apartment floor has a downward slope at an angle (the left rear corner is about 15mm higher than the front right corner). I've tried shimming, like this:

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    Although I got nervous when someone told me there was no support in the middle of the stand.

    The tank wasn't perfectly level anyway, so in order to get it level, I had to do this:

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    There are shims on the right side, they are just pushed in more than the others. This resulted in cracking in the stand! So, I dissembled it, and haven't had it properly running since.

    I don't seem to be able to use shims, so what are some other options to get the tank safely level? What have folks used in the past?
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    ugh, too bad about the stand! You could get a custom shim made, but that may be a bit much. Interested in hearing from some folks with experience...
     
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    It's OK, I had another stand! I had a refund for a defective tank earlier on, and still had the stand laying around.

    I'm thinking a custom shim would be the best and safest option, and there are a number of wood places that could do it, although I'm not sure how expensive that might be.
     
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    I can't be of any help I'm afraid. The one tank we have that is on a somewhat skewed floor and had to be corrected sits on a counter top and we built our own supports to level the counter. The other (same room and but slightly different orientation) is only off by a little bit and the top hides the slightly angled waterline :roll:
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    How much skew is too much for a tank? I imagine it depends on size. A few mm probably can't hurt too much, ay?
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    You might try putting the stand on a heavy piece of particle board, then putting the shims under the board. My tank is sitting on such a board because it is on carpet. This method would put less stress on the stand (and tank).

    Nancy
     
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