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Old 08-25-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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Real Quick Saltwater Question.....

I live on the 4th floor of an apartment. You think a 50 gallon saltwater aquarium will be safe on the 4th floor? I plan on going to Pet smart and getting the 50 gallon and stand, but it's going to be saltwater so add 60 pounds of sand and 60 pounds of live rock also....think it will crash thru the floor?
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Is the floor wood or concrete? Most recent buildings use concrete floors because they are better sound barriers
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:32 PM   #3
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Hardwood floors.....
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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No you should really be fine .. i wouldnt worry till a120 is involved. Best to check with land lord as well make sure your renters insurance covers any cost associated with a water based aquarium.
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Is your appartment temp controlled?? A/C, central air..ect. If not, you will run into a BIG problem keeping your tank cool. Plan to spend $300-500 for a chiller if not
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No you should really be fine .. i wouldnt worry till a120 is involved. Best to check with land lord as well make sure your renters insurance covers any cost associated with a water based aquarium.
OK that's what I was thinking. I had a 46 gallon freshwater and was fine. But this saltwater is 4 gallons more and plus more rocks.
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Is your appartment temp controlled?? A/C, central air..ect. If not, you will run into a BIG problem keeping your tank cool. Plan to spend $300-500 for a chiller if not
Yea I have Central air and the room its in has A.C
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:52 AM   #8
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Floor will be fine. A fully stocked refrigerator is probably comparable in weight just for a comparison.

Its only a concern really once you start getting into the hundreds of gallons. But as stated check with your landlord or check your lease for any regulations on aquariums or tank size.

Ive heard of some apartments having a 20g max in the lease just FYI. If the tank would flood and cause damage to the floor your on or the ones below it, your liable for everything. But personally ive never experiences a lease or a landlord that had anything against aquariums and ive been renting for years at several places.

I would imagine complexes with multiple floors will have more of a restriction than say a rented house or a duplex etc where your not gonna start destroying other peoples stuff if your tank cracked, flooded etc.
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Just figure 10lbs per gallon, it's a rough figure but should be close enough, so 500lbs, floor should be fine, some people weigh close to that by themselves, although they may not make it to the 4th floor.
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Just figure 10lbs per gallon, it's a rough figure but should be close enough, so 500lbs, floor should be fine, some people weigh close to that by themselves, although they may not make it to the 4th floor.
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