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Old 07-17-2012, 02:28 AM   #1
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Apartment Safe Aquarium?

Hi I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building. The building is old at least 35 years old. There are wood floor and I was wondering if yu guys think its safe to have a 55 gallon without the floor caving in? I had a 46 gallon Acrylic but I hated how easy it got scratched, so I went for glass which is heavier. So I have a 55 gallon I got from petsmart with a stand. Its going to be a saltwater aquarium. Just don't want the floor caving in and causing too much damage.
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I would check with your landlord and see what they think. They may also be able to tell you where some of the support beams are and where the tank would be safest.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:34 AM   #3
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Hi I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building. The building is old at least 35 years old. There are wood floor and I was wondering if yu guys think its safe to have a 55 gallon without the floor caving in? I had a 46 gallon Acrylic but I hated how easy it got scratched, so I went for glass which is heavier. So I have a 55 gallon I got from petsmart with a stand. Its going to be a saltwater aquarium. Just don't want the floor caving in and causing too much damage.
You will be ok, if the floor caves from a 55g your land lord will be sued for building code infractions. A 55g is about 5 people standing side by side for comparison
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You will have to check how your apartment is constructed.

Base on what I just constructed my brewery on the second floor of a concrete construction with the support column 0.6 meter in diameter. It can hold up to 2.5 ton per square meter.

But if your construct is setup like in the US apartment (that I used to stayed in NC). It made of very poor foundation. I feel that Construction in NY and Florida are much better.

However, As long as you put your tank near and lined on the same axis with your concrete column. You should be alright.
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A 55g tank weighs 458 pounds plus the weight of the tank itself. What I would do is verify if your landlord is ok with you even having a tank. Once he says it's ok get it in writing!!!!!!!! Now you need to determine the structure, chances are its either wood frame or concrete. If its concrete just giver, if it's wood frame you need to find out which way the joists run. A stud finder may do the job for you. Once you know which way they run you will want to place the tank near a wall and have it perpendicular to joists so the weight is spread out more.
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I agree with the folks suggesting to check with your landlord. There could be something stating that you can't have an aquarium (or maybe size restrictions). I would also look into rental insurance and see if that would cover any damage that might be caused by water. I've known people that got a policy paired with their auto insurance and the discount that they got on the auto actually paid for the cost (and then some) of the rental policy. Strange, but very true.
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You will be ok, if the floor caves from a 55g your land lord will be sued for building code infractions. A 55g is about 5 people standing side by side for comparison
I respectfully disagree . You could kill somebody not to mention your tank will be gone and your fish, dead. Most apartment leases include a claus about aquariums. Unless you are first floor, they generally don't permit aquariums more than 20 gallons.
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You could have a party of people and 10 people could be in a picture standing side by side, that's double the weight of a 55. 2 rows of 5, takes up ABOUT the same space, and weighs twice as much, if your florist concave from people standing on it, you've got problems.
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You could have a party of people and 10 people could be in a picture standing side by side, that's double the weight of a 55. 2 rows of 5, takes up ABOUT the same space, and weighs twice as much, if your florist concave from people standing on it, you've got problems.
That still doesn't change leasing and liability issues of an aquarium itself. People falling through a floor can be covered by insurance. Someone's aquarium going through or causing water damage isn't always covered. Hence talk to the landlord...though I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem since the OP already has a 46 gal. Still, being on good terms with your landlord is a good person to have in your pocket/on your side. So check with him/her.
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I respectfully disagree . You could kill somebody not to mention your tank will be gone and your fish, dead. Most apartment leases include a claus about aquariums. Unless you are first floor, they generally don't permit aquariums more than 20 gallons.
Ive rented many apartments. One of which i had i 180g on the second floor. No clause on any lease ive ever signed saying NO fish tank.

He asked if his structure can support it, and yes any wood floor rented out has to be able to hold a 55g aquarium, total weight filled comes to 625 lbs. this is two linebackers standing beside each other. If your floor can not handle that i would not be living there and it is against building code. Proper placement over struts as suggested will reduce any problem.

Whether or not you are allowed to have an aquarium in an apartment is something you har to figure out ant was mot part of the original question. I personally have never come across one that i could not.
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