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    styrofoam under tank?

    Discussion in 'DIY Projects and Ideas' started by toxicfish, Jan 12, 2006.

    1. toxicfish

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      How important is it to have styrofoam between the bottom of the tank and the top of the stand? And what is the meaning for it? I see it recomended alot on aquarium sites.
       
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      i would always have something between the 2 asit stops cracks developing due to imperfections in the stand or even the tank.
      i actualy use a insulating piece of wooden floor underlay works even better than styrofoam
       
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      insulating piece of wooden floor underlay... cool I will have to check it out.
       
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      Unless the tank is on a stand with an imperfection, or its two tables slid together, I wouldn't recomend it.

      It'd wobble easier when you run by it, and i really don't see any point to it if it doesnt apply to the above.

      I have hardwood floor on the top of my 55g's stand. and a piece of plywood between my 15g and the stand.
       
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      I am talking about a 190g and a stand with 3/4" oak ply for the top
       
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      I use camping or work-out mats between my tanks and stands. They don't burst like styrofoam does when crushed. And, I can get them in medium blue or black to match the back panels of the acrylic tanks. A bonus is they're inexpensive and can be found as low as $7 each for a 72" x 24" pad.
       
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      With small tanks, this stuff WILL make the tank wabble. I find that with large tanks, this is not necessary either. Think about it... say a camping mat, or even that floor thing. 190g is close to 2 tons when full, therefore the mat will just squish to a fraction of the thickness it was and get very dense...therefore any imperfections will just move the material upwards and you end up with an uneven surface anyways.

      I built all my stands, and don't use any of those. The wood piece under the tank has to be perfect...lots of sanding and checking, but it works wonders. I'd say you are better off making sure the top is nice and smooth, than to try and pad it with something.

      My 2 cents...
       
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      I would always put foam between a tank bottom and stand. It relieves any concentrated pressure points on the bottom pane of glass which would otherwise cause the glass to crack under the weight of the water. It also means if the top of the stand is not absolutely flat and level that the foam will take up the difference instead of the tank base warping and either splitting the seams of the tank or cracking the glass.

      I cant believe anyone would not consider putting foam or similar under a tank!? :WHOA:
       
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      The stand will be square (close to 90 deg as possible) and level when I'm done...
      Now where is the best place to get the styrofoam sheets that big(72x24)? I am guessing home depot... lol

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      I've always used cork but never had a tank as large as 190g.
      Just thought I'd toss that in as an alternative idea.
       

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