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My 140 has been set up since Labor Day. I lowered the water level a little by adjusting the fittings in the overflow box. Now I can see the water level bc it’s no longer hidden behind the plastic top rim. It’s not level. [emoji15]. I’ve read horror stories on line about it causing stress on the glass. But I don’t know what to do... how to fix it and is it really that important?

 

 

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How unlevel is it? Yes it might eventually stress the side and cause it to fail. If it is minute, I would not be to worried about it. If you are talking about 1/2 inches or more, that could be a problem over time.
Can you send photos of the water level, tank and one of the stand as well?

My 140 has been set up since Labor Day. I lowered the water level a little by adjusting the fittings in the overflow box. Now I can see the water level bc it’s no longer hidden behind the plastic top rim. It’s not level. [emoji15]. I’ve read horror stories on line about it causing stress on the glass. But I don’t know what to do... how to fix it and is it really that important?
 
 
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Eight months ago I noticed my tank was not level - rear right corner to front left corner there was around 1/4" difference. It was plumb level when it was first set up so we figured it was the house settling. This is a Red Sea Reefer 450 so from end to end it's around 5 feet.

This caused me immense stress. Leaning, sure, but leaning at an angle towards one corner? This prompted a very long back and forth with various departments at Red Sea. Pictures and measurements were sent. They assured me with 100% confidence that yes, they stress test their tanks, and they're built to well-exceed 1/4" off level. They told me not to do anything, and just enjoy my tank.

Before you drain and shim and make a day out of it, it may be beneficial to contact the manufacturer of your aquarium and get their input.

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That’s exactly what mine is doing. Leaning back to the back left corner. I leveled the stand and tank empty, but it’s on carpet and ~2500 pounds all together. It’s about 3/16- 1/4” out of level. The glass is 1” thick. It’s a pretty solid tank.


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