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post #1 of 5 Old 11-12-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
Angry Tank isn't level

Ok, so here is the scenario.. I have a 30g long on a iron coffee table with 4 legs.

after a closer look, the tank seems to be a centimeter off level. its a brand new tank. Is this a cause of concern? I am considering buying a 30g stand or building one so that it sits level on the floor. I'm worried not just about a stress leak, but also because its on the second floor and I'm worried that there is alot of weight unevenly distributed on the sub floor under the carpeting.. I guess I'm just asking if anyone has had an ever so slightly unlevel tank and their experiences.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-12-2013, 06:09 PM
I worry a lot more with large aquariums out of level. With a 30 gallon if the tank is unlevel end to end then I wouldn't to much, but if it is twisted or one corner is out of level then you have a problem.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-12-2013, 06:18 PM
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Both my 75's are badly off level. The whole house is off level. There just isn't anything I can do about it. We spent a whole afternoon trying to level the 2nd one... nope.
I read an article posted in here once about the theory that if water exerts pressure equally in all directions...level shouldn't matter.
Not sure if I could find it tho!

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-12-2013, 06:23 PM
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Get something solid that is 1cm thick, such as wood. Shim the low end of the table between the floor & the feet of the table. Shims used for window & door installation are great for this, been using them for years.

If the floor isn't level a new stand won't be level. I've had unlevel tanks, I know I've got a 55 that's out by easily 1/4". I've got a rack of 5 gallons that's out a half inch. I don't worry, they're a few among 30 in my fishroom, concrete floor with a floor drain, if they start to leak they've paid for themselves several times over. You're probably more concerned with leaking tanks than I am, shim it level.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-12-2013, 06:29 PM
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Eeeehhhh!!!!! My 140g is out 5mm left side down, front left runs off to 5mm from front right, so am of to the left a tad!!!! Should i be worryed????????

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