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Old 01-21-2011, 11:08 AM   #1 
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Tank stand bowing a little...should I be concerned?

I have an old shelving unit that was built by someone in the family or a friend of the family years ago that I'm using to hold my 10 gallon Aqueon tank. It's really sturdy, made of pine boards and beams and held together by large nuts and bolts rather than nails. I have no doubt that it can physically support the weight of the tank, BUT...

The top shelf does seem to be bowing down a bit. I don't think the tank caused this, I think it was already like that. It's had a lot of heavy stuff on it over the years. The gap between the tank and shelf in the center is about 1/32 of an inch or less.

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The tank itself is level (all four corners have the same water level). I haven't noticed anything unusual nor have I sprung a leak yet. I've only had the tank for about a day though. Everything seems stable, the gap isn't getting any bigger or anything. Should I be concerned?
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:10 AM   #2 
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eek.....I would grab something new when you can or replace the top. I would hate to come home and see a dead fish and broken tank all over my floor.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:16 AM   #3 
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If you are really concerned, and I would be better safe than sorry.. go to your local big box hardware super giant mega store and see about some metal cross supports. I had to do something to help the backing board holding my 55 flat panel that started a slight bowing and it remedied the situation for ten bucks and some nuts and bolts.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:17 AM   #4 
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I made a mistake in my original post, the gap is 1/32" not 1/16"...

But I guess it doesn't really matter. I have a bureau I think I could use. I was afraid of that though...man this is not gonna be fun!
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:20 PM   #5 
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Well the move was successful...thanks guys.


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Old 01-21-2011, 06:01 PM   #6 
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good job! looks awesome!
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:14 AM   #7 
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I love your tank!
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:29 AM   #8 
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Looks good with the plant next to it too
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:40 PM   #9 
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Thanks guys! I like it too, it turned out a lot better than I expected for only three fake plants, some gravel and a little bit of decor.

I did add a live plant today though when I picked up my API test kit. You can see it in the background behind the cluster of fake plants on the rock. It's an Anubias.


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