General Instructions

1). Do not remove the blue (or black) foam attached to the bottom of the tank at the time of setup. If cutting is necessary for plumbing, please cut as little as possible. Tank should be placed on a level stand that is on a level floor. Either an unlevel floor or unlevel stand can cause a tank to break, particularly after it is filled with water, and would void the warranty.

2). When moving the tank onto the stand, do not rest it on the glue-hiding skirt of the stand. Instead, slide the tank to its position from the back of the stand where there is no skirt. For cylinder tanks, the ring-shaped skirt at the top of the stand is removable. You can take the skirt off first, put the tank on top of the stand, then slip the skirt back over the top of the tank.

3). Doors are equipped with “click-on, click-off” stainless-steel hinges that are adjustable in all directions. If any misalignment is observed, a screw driver is all you need in most cases. In rare cases, a wooden door may be warped due to rapid weather changes combined with mishandling during shipping. In this instance, the door would need straightening by applying weights or clamps.

4). As with any glassware, do not bang on aquarium. Great care must be taken when you place and remove rocks, gravels, corals, driftwood and any other ornaments or decorations. To make your aquarium setting as safe as possible, we recommend using a proper glue to secure your rocks and ornaments if you pile them up.

5). NEVER move the aquarium with water inside of it. This will add uneven pressure while moving and can cause the aquarium to break.


Additional Information:

Upon opening your package, please refer to the following guidelines to get started:

Check the entire contents of your order any damage that may have occurred in transit, and make notes on the delivery receipt of any suspected damage, and cross out “received in good condition” if there is damage found, and notify us on the spot. If it is extensive damage, you will need to refuse shipment altogether. If found, keep white labels on the outside of the boxes for us to identify the product code, and send over an email with pictures and descriptions of the suspected areas so that we can file a claim as soon as possible.

Using a long level, make sure that the floor is level throughout the entire footprint of your intended tank position. Note: Very important for even distribution of weight. The level should be long enough to account for the entire length, then entire width of the setup, to ensure that any corner is not causing a ‘twist’ in balance. If the level is not long enough, use a flat (level) board or other rigid item that can span the length and width when leveling.

Place the stand in position, but leave room for the tank to be slid onto the stand from behind, as there is a lip in the front of the stand that hides the bottom seam of the tank.

Make sure you have enough people to help lift the tank and to plan out the route (remove any rug/obstacle) to the tank position before lifting. Be mindful of steps and doorframe width. Dollies are lifesavers in moving aquariums. When lifting, use your legs primarily, not your back, and take as many breaks as you need. When you approach the cabinet with tank in hands, prop at least 3” of the front of the tank onto the stand, then slowly, and evenly, push the tank into the cabinet, being very careful not to strip the bottom of the tank of its two Styrofoam layers.

Once the tank is in position, from inside the cabinet, look up at the hole that’s on the ceiling in the cabinet interior and cut along the perimeter to expose the glass, but only enough to accommodate the bulkheads.

Connect the gray PVC standpipe assembly as shown.

aquavim setup and installation piping

Place the standpipes with the gasket and male threaded end inside the overflows, through the corresponding holes. The bulkheads should be installed with the rubber gasket inside the tank. Do not over-tighten the bulkhead – but just enough to seal the tank. As it gets tightened, make sure the final position of the drain pipe is not touching either the glass, overflow box, or another pipe to minimize vibration.

aqua vim setup and installation bulkheads

[Note: photo shows bulkhead outside to show its position. Bulkhead should be installed through the holes in the bottom panel of glass, inside the overflow box(es).]

Hook up the pump, skimmer and/or other components with the appropriate fittings, adding PVC glue, unions, valves, etc. where necessary. Make sure there are drip loops to prevent water-caused electrical short.

Add lighting fixture by hanging on installed hooks in the MV canopy ceiling, placing on the tank top (if water is turbulent, take adequate measures to avoid splashing onto the light), or mounting the light right onto the OV canopy door.

For filtration and sump installation, please see filtration and sump installation guidelines 


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