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post #1 of 3 Old 12-27-2015, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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How to level this kind of "Fish Stand" Help!

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I'm setting up my new 40GB. The 1st picture is the front of the tank & wondering if that's level enough? Second picture is the side. Third pic is the legs of the "stand" which is actually an antique solid cherry hope chest. I know how to shim but never a piece with legs? Any advice?
Also should I fill the tank at least half full before shimming? Thank you! Kathy
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-30-2015, 03:20 PM
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I only have the photo of the table leg.

I would shim the leg with the tank empty, then after you have the tank half full check it again for level. If you need to adjust the shims that would be the time. I can tell you from experience if you don't get it level it will drive you nuts after a while.


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Really ? antique solid cherry hope chest

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Hi!
I'm setting up my new 40GB. The 1st picture is the front of the tank & wondering if that's level enough? Second picture is the side. Third pic is the legs of the "stand" which is actually an antique solid cherry hope chest. I know how to shim but never a piece with legs? Any advice?
Also should I fill the tank at least half full before shimming? Thank you! Kathy
My experience is if any water spills or drips down the side of your tank, it will always find a way to get under the tank. If it gets to the finish it will ruin your hope chest.

Next the photo you took looks like the leg (S) are on carpet. After awhile the legs will settle down and leave a depression in the carpet. Leveling on carpet is much harder, because of settling. That said, With wood shims from my local home and garden. I would only put about an inch or two of water to start. That way all you need to do is measure where the water line is in the corners till they are the same. Then add a little more and re measure and re adjust as the tank gets heavier as you fill. At 40 gallons the water alone will weight just about 334 pounds.

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