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    Default Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    Hey Guys,

    Not new to Simply Discus, but my first post. Anyway got a question about leveling a 75 gallon tank on a bump. I have the tank leveled with shims, the issue is that the only place the stand is touching the carpet is at the back of the stand in the middle. If that makes any sense. I came to the conclusion that the stand is sitting on a bump and based on the number of shims used at the front two corners its a pretty good bump. My concern: Do you think that a stand that is leveled almost completely on shims is going to create a problem. This is the only place I have to put this aquarium so if this is a bad idea I'll have to sell/store the tank. Which is fine but disappointing.

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    Are the shims under the tank or the shelf?

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    The shims are under the stand.

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    My 75 shelves have wooden shims under corners for leveling, and it seems to be working fine. I previously had a problem because I didn't level the stands and i think that contributed to the tanks developing leaks. I actually have wooden blocks under all the legs to raise the stand a bit and keep them from pushing into the carpet too much, then I added shims where needed.

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    I guess my question is how much of the tank stand should be in direct contact with the floor? or is it okay for a stand to be sitting almost exclusively on shims?

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    Here is a diagram of what i've got going on.

    Aquarium Shim.png

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    You should be fine.
    I like to check level several times as I fill the tank as wooden stands can settle.

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    Would it be possible to move to a house that has level floors. LOL

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    Another point to check is to put your level on the tank bottom side to side and front to back. The reason is I had a 220 gal tank with a frame that was off. So make sure it’s level. This becomes a problem with dual overflows or coast to coast overflows or just a crooked water line with the frame.

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    Glad others chimed in. Unless your floor or stand construction is questionable, I think it's fine, too. The weight distribution change is to the floor, not the stand. Depending on the stand construction, I might have considered diagonal shims on the front corners.

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    Default Re: Leveling 75 Gallon Aquarium

    Quote Originally Posted by Cove Beach View Post
    Another point to check is to put your level on the tank bottom side to side and front to back. The reason is I had a 220 gal tank with a frame that was off. So make sure it’s level. This becomes a problem with dual overflows or coast to coast overflows or just a crooked water line with the frame.
    And yes... I've had aquariums that the plastic frames were misaligned as well.

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