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Posted By: Dr. Momfish <email@example.com> In Response To: Re: Styrofoam? (Pam (aka loach lover))
Date: Friday, 25 February 2000, at 4:54 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Styrofoam? (Pam (aka loach lover))
I'm kind of late on this thread. But there are several opinions on the use of styrofoam under tanks. There are people who think it's a must when the tank is sitting on a metal frame. As stated, it helps to even out the pressure. Sometimes tanks don't actually sit properly on their frames. Then, pressure from the water will bow out the glass and the silicon will release. We just had to change over a 40 gallon tank for this reason. Should have sat it on styrofoam and this wouldn't have happened.
The 'floating' or whatever type design is used with Hagen tanks and some others now. This design is such that there is about half an inch length between the bottom edge of the plastic framing and the base glass.
I've got 3/4 inch plywood between the metal stand and the tank on one of my tanks. With my other tanks I bought the 4 by 8 1 inch thick sheets and cut them to fit under the tanks. I shoved the styrofoam under the tanks to provide insulation in order that the substrate temperature not be significantly different from the water. It was too late to take the tanks apart and redo the stand business. So far, so good. Touch wood.
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