Check this out. We were asked to go recover a Aquarium for a Client from a Building that was being gutted for a remodel. The cabinets them selves are not bad. There are things that we would do different to make them more structurally sound but not bad over all. The shock came as we started to tear the thing apart to remove it. Keep in mind our client wanted to reuse this in their home.

First thing. The tank is a 180g reef ready tank. With water sand and rock it will be approx 2300 to 2700lbs.  Not a big deal to those that take pride and understand these things.

Remember that if the base the tank is sitting on is not perfectly flat and true then the tank will flex causing the glass to deflect. You can have seams split or worse the glass can shatter. I’m hoping the tank hasn’t suffered seam issues or it will need to be re sealed.

Avoid Bad Carpentry

We found, Cardboard, Styrofoam. chunks of mdf as well as just plain old crap used as shims.

Avoid Bad Carpentry

Avoid Bad Carpentry

Avoid Bad Carpentry

How about NO shims just hanging legs!!!

Avoid Bad Carpentry

The moral of the story is. Hire professionals that know what the heck they are doing. Your Wet Pets are the ones that suffer and your money is wasted should there be a disaster.