Cali Kid Corals

IM EXT 200 Peninsula Aquarium w∕ APS Stand - White

The tank arrived today !!
I have to figure out leveling.
I guess I will have time as I just lost my job this morning …
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Ahhh Fudd. Were you from one of those tech companies that have mass layoffs? Damn bad timing.
 
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I am struggling to level the stand !
I had to add a 3/4” thick piece of wood on one hand to be level . But it create such a gap everywhere ! Anyone leveled similar tank ?
I am located in redwood city if anyone wanna take a look.
Thank you
 

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I am struggling to level the stand !
I had to add a 3/4” thick piece of wood on one hand to be level . But it create such a gap everywhere ! Anyone leveled similar tank ?
I am located in redwood city if anyone wanna take a look.
Thank you

Yeah, super annoying that IM doesn’t have any leveling feet of any kind. I was lucky and my floors are level and didn’t have to shim anything on my IM75.

I’d suggest making sure everything is tight and straight. It’s pretty easy on that stand to tighten it and not have one side the same height as the other side.
 
First time I have to deal with an aluminum stand , indeed it’s tricky to adjust .but my floor Isn’t level , it’s a concrete slab. So I believe the stand is squared . But 3/4 is a lot to catchup
 
I am struggling to level the stand !
I had to add a 3/4” thick piece of wood on one hand to be level . But it create such a gap everywhere ! Anyone leveled similar tank ?
I am located in redwood city if anyone wanna take a look.
Thank you
I had to do this with my 112g IM INT. Both before and after the tank was on the stand. I had help from someone that could lift the entire side a bit (tank on) to put in more shims where needed. It was extremely frustrating and difficult. I almost caved and built a 2x4 base to sit under it that had leveling feet on the corners but that would have added 3-4 inches to the height.

I did talk to IM about the need for them to have available some sort of insert for the vertical legs that has a leveling foot built into it but who knows if they’ll ever do that. You could have something made by someone with a CNC but that would not be cheap. I love their tanks but I think if I bought another I’d have a custom stand made instead if I had to deal with an uneven floor.

All I can say is get a good friend with strong hands and keep at it. Also I recommend using composite shims vs wood unless you’re waterproofing the wood.

You’ll get it level. It will just take some work. Test your level diagonally as well with a very long level. A short one will not be as accurate.


PS Add shims under the lower horizontal bars to prevent them from bending when you add the weight of your sump. There’ll be a decent gap under them with 3/4” plus shims at the corners.
 
that’s IM answer :
Hi Damien,



We do not make leveling feet for our stands.

Please examine the floor and accommodate for the ¾” difference.

Also ensure the stand is constructed so all top and bottom bars and level with each other.
 
update on the leveling. I tried with shims, and it was too tricky, too much work to get it right enough, and also knowing that when the glass will be on top, probably have to re level again.
My good friend @Srt4eric came to have a look to get a second opinion and he agreed with me, self-leveling underlayment is the way to go.

so I went to HD after Eric's visit, monday evening before they close and bought what I needed.
I made a frame with 2x4 ( the painter's tape on the wall is where I have the studs.
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Then I put a 3mil plastic sheet under. ( I don't want the self leveling under layment to stick to my floor, so my wife doesn't kill me, and protect the floor.)
I caulk the bottom and angles so it doesn't leak. tried to make it as perpendicular as possible to the wall

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I mixed 2 bags and used almost all of it,

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I had the shop vac ready in case somethign was going south , vacuum and limit damage, but I got lucky.


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4 hours later it was dry to walk on, and 16h later it's supposed to be cured. I demolded this it this morning, very easy.
I am not trimming the plastic yet so I can paint it easily ( not sure yet ). Waiting a bit and will put the stand on it this afternoon


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The self-leveling underlayment seems like a really good solution, especially for larger aquariums.

I wouldn't be able to sleep at night knowing my tank isn't level. Glad you figured it out!
 
update on the leveling. I tried with shims, and it was too tricky, too much work to get it right enough, and also knowing that when the glass will be on top, probably have to re level again.
My good friend @Srt4eric came to have a look to get a second opinion and he agreed with me, self-leveling underlayment is the way to go.

so I went to HD after Eric's visit, monday evening before they close and bought what I needed.
I made a frame with 2x4 ( the painter's tape on the wall is where I have the studs.
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Then I put a 3mil plastic sheet under. ( I don't want the self leveling under layment to stick to my floor, so my wife doesn't kill me, and protect the floor.)
I caulk the bottom and angles so it doesn't leak. tried to make it as perpendicular as possible to the wall

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I mixed 2 bags and used almost all of it,

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I had the shop vac ready in case somethign was going south , vacuum and limit damage, but I got lucky.


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4 hours later it was dry to walk on, and 16h later it's supposed to be cured. I demolded this it this morning, very easy.
I am not trimming the plastic yet so I can paint it easily ( not sure yet ). Waiting a bit and will put the stand on it this afternoon


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Clever solution! As I wasn’t pulling carpet for mine it never even occurred to me to use a mold like you did.
 
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