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Old 09-07-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
 
Stressed about tank

So I just bought a 36 gallon bow front tank setup and I absolutely love it. Today I filled I set everything up in the tank and filled it with water, started up the filter and set the heater. Two huge problems. The tank is not level...the back of the tank does not touch the stand all the way across. Meaning just the black frame. It touches at the corners but then as it closes in to the middle it does not touch. I can fit a credit card underneath and slide it back and forth. All other areas of the tank touch all around. I do not want to have to take all the water out and take the tank back...it is so much work and time and I have already been through hell getting everything (another long story) Anyway I wanted to ask what your opinion is on this situation. I am worried about it causing pressure points and cracking, but maybe it will be ok. What do you guys suggest I do?

Also the aquarium stand I bought is not level either. And it is wobbly. I know I could place something underneath it to make it level, but I think the actual wood (actually particle wood >:( not too happy about) is what is not level. Ahh so stressful and don't know what to do. Help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
 
To fix the stand to tank you could just remove the water and place a piece of foam insulation between the tank and stand. If you just bought this new you would probably be better off to take everything back. Hopefully the store will be nice about it and not try to tell you it's your floor. It's really up to you with it being a new set up I don't figure it's gonna crash into the floor anytime soon but I guess there is away that chance. I'm not very much help and I'm sure not what you want to hear. lol
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:37 AM   #3
 
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Hi Jill90,

Welcome to TFK As much of a pain as it is to start over, that's what I'd do in your case.

Better to take care of the issue now than have a major headache down the road with a room full of water and dead fish. On the other hand, it may never happen but I'd always be worried about it.

Good luck with it.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:52 PM   #4
 
Ugh so I decided to return it. Is there anyway I can store all the water besides putting it in a ton of buckets? Would putting it in my bathtub covered in saran wrap or something work? I wanted to keep the water and reuse it so I didn't have to put conditioning and fix the ph again and wait a lot longer to get fish
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:56 PM   #5
 
if your bathtub is clean that would probably work, but any soap or cleaning products would be a very bad thing.

and "fix the pH"? what do you mean?
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:57 PM   #6
 
You can put it in a clean trash can. Are you doing your cycle with fish?
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:58 PM   #7
 
Would saran wrap be toxic to the fish if I used that to cover the tub? The tub is clean but has had soap and shampoo in it obviously. And what I meant by fix the ph is that they would not let me buy any fish until my pH was around 6 and right now the test kit shows it to be really blue which means its at least 7.6 I put pH minus in it last night but that did not seem to do anything.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:02 PM   #8
 
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And what I meant by fix the ph is that they would not let me buy any fish until my pH was around 6 and right now the test kit shows it to be really blue which means its at least 7.6 I put pH minus in it last night but that did not seem to do anything.
that does not make any sense at all. Different fish need different pH ranges, and using chemicals to adjust it is a bad idea (messes up buffering ability and can cause seemingly random jumps that can be very bad for any fish). if they won't let you buy fish with a higher pH, you may want to find a different store.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:03 PM   #9
 
What kind of fish are you trying to buy? What is your ph out of the tap? This sounds very strange to me.

Saran wrap will not hurt the fish but I do not know that I would use the bath tub, I would either use buckets or a trash can. If you get any soap in the water you may kill all of your fish.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:08 PM   #10
 
I don't think that putting the water in your bathtub would be practical, nor safe for future fish. Any detergent/soap will harm your fish, as well as what are you going to do for bathing purposes? The idea of a garbage can or, maybe better yet is a plastic storage container (I'm assuming that the garbage can was metal) might work.

As to the concern with the water's pH, it is often eatsier and you would have more success in choosing fish that can live with the pH of your water. Check out the "Tropical Fish Profiles" tab at the top of the screen. There's a lot of helpful info. Sounds like you've had a bit of a rough start, try to take a deep breath and do some reading on this site to get some better information and don't be afraid to ask any question
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