Ok, I am just about to get started with my first tank ever...a 55g marine system (starting with LR
, but moving to full reef if this goes well). I am still educating myself, but feel that after reading a few books and talking to the local fish shops that I have a handle on the basics. But I have a problem with tank placement:
I want to put my tank in an alcove over a gas fireplace (relax, i don't use the fireplace!). The alcove is designed for a large TV...the opening is 50" wide by 45" tall by 24" deep. My plan is to put a 48x12x21 tank into the opening. Now, this tank will probably weigh in at 600lbs+ The question is: can the alcove handle this weight for a long period of time? I have jumped up into the alcove, and it feels very solid (I weigh about 250lbs). The shelf itself is plywood, and it rests on a 2x4 ledger on the back and sides, and the front is supported by a 2x6 header which goes over the fireplace and sits on some 2x4s. There are also some 2x4 joists under the plywood, but they are just toenailed into the studs...don't think they provide much support.
Would I be crazy to put a 55g tank on here? I have thought about ripping out the plywood, and sticking a couple of 4x4 posts underneath as extra support, but that would be a big (and risky) headache...
What do you think?
This is my first post, so thank you for the help!!!!!
PS: since i cant hide the filter underneath, I was planning to use the 9-12 inches behind the tank for an ehiem pro2 filter and a protein skimmer...yeah, it'll be a pain to get to the filter, and I would love to do a wet dry but the size and noise are issues, since this will be out in the open (though hidden by the tank)...