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Old 07-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #21
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You should be okay with a 55... be careful carrying it up the stairs.

I know that when I was looking for my own place 4/5 said nothing larger than 20. One said nothing larger than a 20 without renters insurance (which you should have anyway).
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:57 PM   #22
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Freshwater tanks leave marks too. Had three tanks in an apartment several years ago. Those little spills often leave nasty marks when you go to move.

I think floor support would not be an issue. Your tank breaks/empties and dumps that much water out and the folks below you are not gonna be happy. Even if there is something in the lease saying you can have the tank, I am not sure about the liabilities associated with damages that occur due to leakage. Laws probably vary from state to state.

I'm in CA and have seen leases that prohibit tanks over 20 gallons and even one that prohibited anything filled with over two gallons of water (so no waterbeds either). Never lived at any of those places though.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:01 PM   #23
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I've lived in one apartment with a limit of 20 gallons, one with no problems with aquariums at all, although this was probably because the floors were tile and the place was only one story, and the trailer I rent now has a no-water-filled-furniture-at-all clause, but I talked to the landlord before we moved in and he ok'd my tanks. My neighbor also has tanks, but she had them since before that rule was put in place. So to be fair, he takes aquariums on a case by case basis.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:16 PM   #24
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Your average tub in your apartment/house holds 40-60 gallons of water when full, not including with you in it, and a Jacuzzi style tub holds even more.. Does that fall thru the floor ???? I dont think so.... Nobody seems to be to worried about that... Bring in the TANKS!!!!!
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:23 PM   #25
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Your average tub in your apartment/house holds 40-60 gallons of water when full, not including with you in it, and a Jacuzzi style tub holds even more.. Does that fall thru the floor? I dont think so.... Nobody seems to be worried about that? Bring in the TANKS!!!!!
Buildings are built with extra support in the bathroom to hold the tub. Also, the tub isn't always filled with water. The tub isn't also maybe two to three feet off the ground on a stand, either. The height of the tank does matter in terms of the pressure it puts on the floor. I'm not saying that his floor won't hold the tank, because it probably will, however it is still in his best interest to check with his landlord and to try and find the place with the best support to hold the tank. Odds are, the extra 10 gallons of water and the extra weight of glass won't be enough of a difference to damage the floor even though his former tank didn't, but better safe than sorry. In his situation, a tank failure could mean water damage, floor damage, injury to himself or others in his building, death of all his fish, and probably eviction.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #26
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Just gonna chime in here, it's most important what your landlord says. I started up a 40g long just to have my landlord tell me to tear it down. My apartment can easily support it, but it's just something they don't want in their apartments for damage control.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:44 PM   #27
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Buildings are built with extra support in the bathroom to hold the tub. Also, the tub isn't always filled with water. The tub isn't also maybe two to three feet off the ground on a stand, either. The height of the tank does matter in terms of the pressure it puts on the floor. I'm not saying that his floor won't hold the tank, because it probably will, however it is still in his best interest to check with his landlord and to try and find the place with the best support to hold the tank. Odds are, the extra 10 gallons of water and the extra weight of glass won't be enough of a difference to damage the floor even though his former tank didn't, but better safe than sorry. In his situation, a tank failure could mean water damage, floor damage, injury to himself or others in his building, death of all his fish, and probably eviction.
yes alyxx ,, if the landlord doesn't want it then u shouldn't do it.. i agree with you there...
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:53 PM   #28
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Sometimes landlords don't want tanks because of possible mold problems from the extra moisture in the air.

That stinks to have to tear down the tank after setting it up.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:03 PM   #29
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luckily now, I am working oversea in Thailand. 99% of buildings here are Concrete! so, no problem for me. But the worst part is that the stair way and elevator are just too small to bring up a tank that more than 48" and up.

I don't see any listed in rental agreement on aquarium tank...they stated only DOGs and CATs.
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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.
Hey I just noticed. I know ABSOLUTELY ZERO about structures, so I'm gonna risk sounding like an idiot. What are those blue things in that picture?
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