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Surface Protector For Smaller Tanks


I recently had a tank which leaked water all over a dresser top and ruined the wood. Its only a small 5gal tank, but of course thinking it had leaked, I freaked out and drained all the water...moved the tank to the tub and set it on newspaper to see if it was leaking somewhere and stressed out my fish by having to move them into something else.

My tank, however, wasn't leaking. I found out that condensation built up on it and leaked down the back of the tank. My boyfriend wasn't pleased...to say the least, but I thought "what could I use to protect the wood...?" Then the thought occurred to me, that if I found some type of tray to put under it, it would protect the wood and if any water spilled doing water changes it wouldn't matter!

I went to Target and found a "doggie tray" for 5.99$, and it works perfect and doesn't look to bad either.

heres a pic, I have better ones if they're wanted

BTW, I posted something similar to this in the tank topics, someone said it was a good idea, so it inspired me to put it here, even if it doesn't win, I'm sure more people will be able to read it here :)

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Very good idea! most of my tanks are on wooden tables so I wanted to protect them, too. I had a rubber placement for the cat that he was no longer using (no more room - haha) so it got "recycled". It worked perfectly. I found that it was perfect for under my small tank - it is water restitant, provides some cushioning, and comes in three sizes - so I have small under the 3g, med. under the 12g, and a large one (shape easily altered to fit tank shape) under the 20g! Here is a link to the placemat I used - I already had one that was not in use - I think it might be easy to find a similar material at a hardware store or home improvements store:


Save the tables! :rofl

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:D Good tip! I owned 28 Betta's at one time who were in their own tanks,so of course I ran into water problems through the years.I've actually been doing this tip myself for 3-4 years with my smaller tanks,and have saved myself a ton of problems. :lol:
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