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Steve C
03-11-2008, 07:05 PM
My fish room is in the basement. Up until now I really haven't thought much about having to shim my tank stands.

My 92 is shimmed, my 55 is shimmed. But I was wondering if shimming a six foot tank would be too much?

DogWalker
03-11-2008, 08:10 PM
Unavoidable on uneven concrete floors like in my basement. Just trickier (a pain actually) to get it so their is even support under all the feet (all 8 or 10 of them...)

Steve C
03-11-2008, 09:15 PM
Exactly my concern. If the stand I get has a center brace that runs vertically from top to bottom I feel pretty good about it. Otherwise I'm considering a 3/4 inch piece of mdf running the length of it.

MisanthropeKitty
03-11-2008, 09:26 PM
gah i hate uneven floors! all of my tanks in the back room are uneven and it drives me crazy! almost enough to make me want to empty the 120g to shim it!!

Larry
03-11-2008, 09:29 PM
If the tank is broken down and can be moved, self leveling concrete works amazingly. I used it under my latest setup, you mix it to a semi liquid state, pore it in the needed area and watch it work. After it cures for about an hour you can trowel it smooth then let it fully cure.

Steve C
03-11-2008, 09:44 PM
I'm looking for a more temporary solution. I live in a rental house so I'm not sure that would fly. Other wise I'd be framing a slab all the way around my room with pvc stand pipes built in for water changes!

Glaive
03-12-2008, 01:49 AM
Provided the shimming is done correctly I see no problem. Typically the walls of your house are shimmed in spots so a stand should not be a problem.

Steve C
03-12-2008, 04:59 PM
I was hopping so. I may fill in the gaps underneath with styrofoam.