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Hi @benchilton, awesome! Always gotta love seeing a new aquarium haha 

I have the same stand that I use for a 40 gallon breeder. I put the pads at the corner as per the instructions as well but I cannot really see mine as I think with the water added, the weight will cause the aquarium to sink into them. I think they are just there in case of any irregularities in the stand. I imagine you are safe to add in the water. I will attach 2 pictures I just took of my stand corner with flash and without flash on. 

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@benchilton no problem! Yeah mine was a little wonky too haha I think that is why they add the pads though, the manufacturing process, shipping, unloading and stocking at store, ride home, and then the actual assembly. So many places where things can get a little wonky, not to mention settlement of house foundations and general construction tolerances. Mine has been holding up well for quite some time now though. 

I actually just saw in one of my old pictures that my aquarium looked like yours without the water added. If you look closely you can see light between the aquarium and stand. You can even see where the pad is haha 


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I have the 40 breeder with that exact stand as well. What I did was instead of using the supplied pads I got some foam insulation tape used for windows off of amazon. I ran it across all 4 sides. I was concerned because of little gaps where the sides attach to the stand.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L9Z71QG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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17 hours ago, Isaac M said:

@benchilton no problem! Yeah mine was a little wonky too haha I think that is why they add the pads though, the manufacturing process, shipping, unloading and stocking at store, ride home, and then the actual assembly. So many places where things can get a little wonky, not to mention settlement of house foundations and general construction tolerances. Mine has been holding up well for quite some time now though. 

I actually just saw in one of my old pictures that my aquarium looked like yours without the water added. If you look closely you can see light between the aquarium and stand. You can even see where the pad is haha 


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Is that a MD fish tank inspired light and light holder? 

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Hi @Stealth Aquatics, yes the light is inspired by MD. I saw him use a floodlight so I thought I would give it a shot given how cheap they are in comparison to a kessil for instance (I love the shadows and shimmer you get from a single point source light). I like how they are rated for outdoor water exposure as well. I have not watched many MD videos in quite some time however so I am not sure if he is using a different system now haha 

The light holder is more of a solution I came up with myself but I have seen others do something similar. I just used PVC pipe and adjusted the dimensions and design as per my needs. Then I used zip ties to attach the floodlight. 

This is how the aquarium looks like now. 

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1 hour ago, Isaac M said:

Hi @Stealth Aquatics, yes the light is inspired by MD. I saw him use a floodlight so I thought I would give it a shot given how cheap they are in comparison to a kessil for instance (I love the shadows and shimmer you get from a single point source light). I like how they are rated for outdoor water exposure as well. I have not watched many MD videos in quite some time however so I am not sure if he is using a different system now haha 

The light holder is more of a solution I came up with myself but I have seen others do something similar. I just used PVC pipe and adjusted the dimensions and design as per my needs. Then I used zip ties to attach the floodlight. 

This is how the aquarium looks like now. 

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That looks so good! I saw those lights and was like I know where he got that idea haha. I’m glad they are working for you too 

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