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Should I use wooden shims on the legs of the stand?the waterline is uneven?
it means the whole foundation is as well
you try to put something underneath the side with less water like cardboard layers to level it out
I thought that I should shim the two left-most legs too, but my leveler suggests shimming my right-most legs?The left. And you can use a level on your tank to get it just right, rather than just guesstimating with a bowl of water... make sure you check side-to-side, front-to-back, and angle across both sets of opposite corners.
Alright, could you tell me how to shim, like what's required in terms of tools and should I remove the whole tank, etc.?When the thing level drifts to the left, that means that the left side needs to go up... try a shim under the back leg first (on the left side)...if that makes it level then you are good to go, you might have to level both legs though, your leveler will tell ya!
Am I using a hammer to move the shim onto place and do I need a little bit of water in the aquarium to check for levelness?Empty the aquarium, the most that you can... you put the shim skinny side first directly under the leg, when it goes down far enough, to the length/width you want it, mark it with a pencil and then break it off at those parts (if you can't use a dremel or something similar to cut it).
Thanks for your reply, but wouldn't the level change as you reintroduce the water into the tank?Just take the tank off if you can, you want to check the level against the stand...if the stand is level, the aquarium should be as well. You won't need a hammer, just pick up that side of the stand and slip the shim under as far as you need it. Use cedar shims they start out fairly skinny and are fairly cheap at home depot.
I do have carpet under the stand...with a solid wood stand like that it shouldn't...as long as the stand is level, the tank should be level...unless you've got shag carpet underneath it or something!