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katieb
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A few weeks ago I set up my new 20gal Long aquarium. So far everything has been going well, with one exception. When I was setting it up I noticed that the water level was uneven. The difference is about .5in.

I've been debating about whether I should be too worried about this because from what Ive read it seems that unlevel tanks have issues when they arent fully supported (as in there is a gap between the bottom rim and its support. My tank is sitting on a wooden fireplace mantle that is pretty thick. The fireplace itself is not real and so its solid almost the whole way through. It is made of brick and the tank does not hang over the edge.

I did a lot of searching online about this and it seems like there are alot of aquarists with a bit of unevenness and it seems to work out as long as the stand distributes the weight well. What do you guys think?

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Mine all slope a bit, biggest gap is about 12mm on a 4' tank. In a 20, I wouldn't be too worried, but that is a fairly decent slope

Is the mantle one of the ones that sort of stands around the fireplace on legs or is it built in? No way to chock it up and level it out? You could get a piece of solid wood cut to fit the base of the tank and adjust it directly rather than adjusting the mantle, but to be honest I'd think that a 20 long could handle it.

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Being uneven should not make much difference at all but that amount in such a short distance means your floor or stand is way out too much for my liking. I would be thinking about leveling it up.

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You could place a sheet of styro faom under it and that should take out and unlevelness..... I would be concern however about the smoke that a fireplace let into the house, the smoke will kill you fish by getting into the water

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You could place a sheet of styro faom under it and that should take out and unlevelness..... I would be concern however about the smoke that a fireplace let into the house, the smoke will kill you fish by getting into the water


Like I said, its a faux fireplace.

The mantle is not on legs per se but built to sit on the top. My house is old and built on a hill and everything seems to be on an bit of an angle. So Im thinking the sloping is in response to the way my house is rather than the fireplace. I'll try to look to level it out a bit somehow.

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I used to stay up nights worried about this uneven tank issue. The truth is that unless it is horribly uneven, there should be no problem.
My cat jumps on my tank now and let me tell you, the glass and canopies on these things are very tough.

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