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Old 04-08-2005, 03:06 PM   #11
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what size tank? Id think most house up there have 2x6 or 8's for flooring, if so you shouldnt have to worry about that unless u have a huge tank.
its 150 gallons. We rent so I don't want anything to happen to the house. We are going to put it on one of the outside walls. I am hoping this will be good enough.
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Old 04-08-2005, 05:52 PM   #12
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Has anyone put extra support under their house? Is it hard to do?
As promised, here are 3 pics I just made for you to see. Now, probably I did not have to go that route, but I would rather be safe then sorry. My tank is a 125, all glass. Considering all the weight involved, I wanted to rest assured. HTH to put your mind at peace.

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Umm... Forgot to mention a few things. My tank will be near a wall/foundation. I added 2 extra joists, so now there are 4 joists (8" center to center) exactly under the tank. The total span of the joists is only 6 feet (plus whatever is sitting on the main support beams). More than likely, this is an overkill, but I think its better than having my floor starting to cave in under the weight that will be there. Rough estimate is over 2,000 pounds when all is said and done. 8O

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Old 04-08-2005, 11:47 PM   #14
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Cool! Thanks so much!! I will have my hubby take a peek at those. My mom also suggested putting two car jacks on some cinder block holding a 2x4 up against the under side of the house where the tank will be. Does that sound like it will work?
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:00 AM   #15
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Cool! Thanks so much!! I will have my hubby take a peek at those. My mom also suggested putting two car jacks on some cinder block holding a 2x4 up against the under side of the house where the tank will be. Does that sound like it will work?
Umm... 2x4 would twist with time. Should you go that route, I would suggest something like a 4x4 that would be perpendicular to the already existing floor joists. Note that the work I did cost me less than $20.00 for two joists. Already had the nails and 4" screws. It took me about 2 hours to do the work. Note that I am an IT person and house work/construction is not really my forte, so it takes me more time than the usual. 8O

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Now all I have to do is convince my husband to battle the spiders and we will be set! Thanks again.
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Hehehe.... Well.... You could make it a joint project..... You clean the work area and he does the rest. Fair? No? Glad to be able to provide some ideas. 8O

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Meredith, out of curiosity, how did you folks end up increasing the floor support?

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My 90 Gallon has a few scratches on it due to a small piece of sand getting stuck in the Magfloat. You wouldn't think it would scratch, but it does.
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I second the 4x4s with pole or small hydraulic jacks solution for additional floor support (cheap, easy, no permanent damage). I actually have this set-up under our refrigerator to prevent any potential joist sag. Also, with a 150 tank, I'm assuming it's at least 6 feet long, so positioning perpendicular to the direction the joists are running would be the better way to go. You should be able to position over 4 joists this way, making the additional support an "insurance" policy. Good luck.
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