I am new to the forums and just getting back into the hobby, with that said here's my situation.
I bought a used 110 gallon (48" long x 30" tall x 18" deep) glass aquarium. The plastic trim pieces are shot and I am thinking about building custom wood trim and bracing to replace the plastic as it will look nicer and it will also add structural support the plastic can't.
When I picked the tank up it was empty, but dirty. After cleaning it up I found some of the silicone seals inside look a little questionable so I am going to reseal them. No problem right? Plenty of articles out there with DIY info on that.
Here's where I run into problems.
After removing the bottom plastic pieces I noticed the tank is not constructed how I anticipated. Rather than the walls sitting on the bottom pane, the bottom pane sits inside of the walls. There was then a border of 1/2" thick glass (approx 2" wide) placed around the entire edge of the tank.
This means that the center of the tank when resting on a flat surface is not supported, only the outside edges. Should I be concerned? Should I build a stand that has a recess to allow the border to sit in the stand, thus allowing the center of the tank to sit flush on a flat wood surface?
Any help would be appreciated. The person I bought the tank from said they never had any problems, but they were using it for a freshwater setup, and I am building a reef aquarium.
I am concerned that adding live rock will put to much stress in an unsupported area of the tank.
I have tried searching for tank construction methods, and everything I have come across so far says the entire bottom pane should sit flush.
Did I buy a bum tank?