Grey foam for between tank and cabinet

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Stu Worrall, 9 Oct 2009.

  1. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    done a search and not found anything so does anyone know where to get this from to fit a 90x45cm tank either online or in a shop?

    Id like it to be a dark grey so it matches the tank and ive seen the clearseel mats in a LFS but they were all too small.

    by the way, do people still use these?
     
  2. Superman

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    I've got a clearseal black one under my nano but not seen any other than those.
    I had to cut mine to fit the tank.
     
  3. Stu Worrall

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    cheers clark. ive checked but the max clearseal do is 15" and id need 17" for the 45cm depth. Anybody know if I used two will I see the join or does it get fully squashed?

     
  4. Steve Smith

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    Doesn't TGM do ADA garden mat? not sure on price or sizes though.
     
  5. Stu Worrall

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    i dunno steve. i didnt check as I assumed garden matt would be £1 per inch or something :lol:
     
  6. Dave Spencer

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    Try Hobbycraft, Stu. I have a huge roll of cheap foam from there, but it is blue. I suspect they don`t do grey, otherwise I am sure I would have got that colour.

    Dave.
     
  7. Nick16

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    i got my old one from AE but its the same stuff as a camping roll mat, you can get it at alot of hardware places. Mine under my 240L got so squashed i am considering using a double layer next time.
     
  8. Mortis

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    You could also try a sheet of neoprene
     
  9. john starkey

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    Hi stu I got mine from AE earlier this year,it's a JBL mat and it is 60x45 don't know if there is more choice size wise,oh and it's grey too,
    regards john.
     
  10. Stu Worrall

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    cheers all. ive found some on AE for about £5 but Ill have a nose in the camping shops in chester tomorrow in case they have any cheap mats :thumbup:
     
  11. hogan53

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    Hi Planters
    This maybe to late but i use carpet underlay,this is much better just cut to fit.
    Take a trip to the local carpet shop ask for any off-cut underlay.
    Or you may have some lying around in the loft usually.
    hoggie
     
  12. 1uke

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    Can you not just use the stuff that goes under laminate flooring? Its dirt cheap to!
     
  13. paul.in.kendal

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    I'm using a 5mm sheet of expanded polystyrene. It's a bit smaller than the tank all-round, so the tank seems to 'hover' over the cabinet, which looks good. But I don't yet know if it'll squash right down when the water goes in, as I've STILL not filled it up!
     
  14. 1uke

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    From what I've been reading people surgest a slight over hang not underhang to make sure the sides arn't suspended and the weight supported.
     
  15. paul.in.kendal

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    That's a bit worrying.

    Sorry for the hijack, but how important is a mat, anyway? If it's such a vital bit of kit I'm surprised there aren't more online retailers selling them.
     
  16. Stu Worrall

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    thanks for all the ideas everyone. ive not had no luck so far but my tank has been delayed again so no rush it seems. AE have been out of stock on the aquapads for a while event though theyve ordered them so it looks like JBL arent supplying at the moment. B&Q have some nice grey wooden floor underlay but the smallest pack is £20.

    Ive got some white floor underlay foam but its the brightest white ever so thats a no go! I might end up getting a couple of clearseal black matts and taping them together
     
  17. Stu Worrall

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    sorry paul, didnt see your post before i psoted mine.

    Aquariums ltd said that pilkingtons suggest a min of 6mm foam/poly under the tank to preserve the warranty on the glass hence me wanting to put a matt there when I get the right tank. I dont think the 6mm is set in stone with AQ ltd but best to check if you need to.
     
  18. chilled84

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    neopreme works wonders here. Its alaso cheap where i live. Thats what i used for mine.
     
  19. Stu Worrall

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    can you buy it online?
     
  20. paul.in.kendal

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    [Groan}This could mean I've got to pick up a hefty (100x45x55) tank, complete with hefty hardscape, to try and get a mat perfectly centred beneath it, then place the tank on the cabinet, again perfectly centred. All without disturbing the hardscape - any tips?
     

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