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Old 07-17-2012, 01:30 PM   #11
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Something I'm seeing as an argument here is people standing on the floor and weighing more, yes it weighs double but for 1 minute while a picture is taken is nothing compared to 24/7 as a tank will be there. You may or may not see something in your lease or agreement about a tank but I promise you it's in your best interest to verify with your landlord and get it in writing. This may save your butt if there ever is an issue, plus avoid eviction if he/she happens to see it.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:54 PM   #12
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Something I'm seeing as an argument here is people standing on the floor and weighing more, yes it weighs double but for 1 minute while a picture is taken is nothing compared to 24/7 as a tank will be there. You may or may not see something in your lease or agreement about a tank but I promise you it's in your best interest to verify with your landlord and get it in writing. This may save your butt if there ever is an issue, plus avoid eviction if he/she happens to see it.
Im just saying from personal experience and years of renting ive never had a problem with it. Ive even sold my old landlord my last tank lol.

I think you will be quite surprised at what most properly build floors can hold 'all the time'. Btw your tank stand is built with smaller and weaker construction practices than your floor. Your stand will fail before your floor does. If properly setup that is.

Yeah i guess checking with your land lord is the best way to go, but ive never run into a situation i could not.

This is a 55g aquarium ppl. This is most floors in the US right here. These are 2x10/2x12 floor struts. Each 2x10 strut alone is capable of holding well over 1 ton. positioned over 3-4 struts you easily have 6000 lbs of 'constant' support. not just a group standing together for a picture. If your floor is of 2x12's then its even more. Also this is based on 16" on center spacing and the tank will be less load bearing if placed near an outside wall.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:01 PM   #13
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Also for comparison my brother has a 90g tank on the second floor of his apartment. The floor along with the rest of the house was built in 1890. Yes I said 1890. The tank has been up their for 3 years, i would easily trust sleeping under it. Just my opinion and experience, hope it helps.

Also the pic is my floor, not his 1890 floor lol.
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Haha I had to chime in I train athletes for a living where have u seen. 300 us lb linebackers my cowboys could use them
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I've rented apartments in both NC and Virginia. Both being second floor apartments. On each lease that I had signed, there WAS a claus stating that the biggest tank I could have was 20 gallons. I'm sure its not like that everywhere, but in my case it was. You just never know. All I was saying is that just doing it without asking could be potentially devastating in several ways. First, being finding out the hard way that it can't be supported. Second being, you want to be on good terms with your landlord. I agree with the statement that 10 people for a photograph is only for a few minutes. A tank sits there 24/7. You just have to be careful when it comes to rental agreements.

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No clause on any lease ive ever signed saying NO fish tank.
That's not what I said.
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I've rented apartments in both NC and Virginia. Both being second floor apartments. On each lease that I had signed, there WAS a claus stating that the biggest tank I could have was 20 gallons. I'm sure its not like that everywhere, but in my case it was. You just never know. All I was saying is that just doing it without asking could be potentially devastating in several ways. First, being finding out the hard way that it can't be supported. Second being, you want to be on good terms with your landlord. I agree with the statement that 10 people for a photograph is only for a few minutes. A tank sits there 24/7. You just have to be careful when it comes to rental agreements.

That's not what I said.
I was not directly quoting you. Just going off my own experience with renting 10+ apartments over the years. I live in Ohio, personally ive never seen that clause in any of my leases, however im sure they do exist. Ive never had a land lord that cared much either. Biggest thing i worry about when it comes to fish tanks and apartments is carpet. I avoid placing a tank in a carpeted room where im renting. Saltwater will do a number on carpet in a short time. Not to mention the deep long lasting impression where the tank sat from the weight.
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I was not directly quoting you. Just going off my own experience with renting 10+ apartments over the years. I live in Ohio, personally ive never seen that clause in any of my leases, however im sure they do exist. Ive never had a land lord that cared much either. Biggest thing i worry about when it comes to fish tanks and apartments is carpet. I avoid placing a tank in a carpeted room where im renting. Saltwater will do a number on carpet in a short time. Not to mention the deep long lasting impression where the tank sat from the weight.
True, I'm curious, what is the difference with saltwater being on carpet?
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True, I'm curious, what is the difference with saltwater being on carpet?
Ive left a few nasty stains from various spills of skimmer and some products. saltwater does a number on carpet if there is a water spill. In a large scale spill of course pulling up the carpet is neede to dry it. However when you dry it, your left with a goopy somewhat sticky salt residue saturated in the carpet, meaning its pretty much junk. Also if the carpet needs replaced meaning you need to move the tank off the carpet. Extreme pain, especially with saltwater to move a tank. Thankfully this only happened once to me and i vowed never again carpet lol
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Oh ok! I will remember that when I start up my salt tank in a few years lol
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