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Old 07-12-2004, 11:47 PM   #1
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serious tank question

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a close friend of mine has a large 200gl reef tank in his home. he is currently going thru a divorce and will be moving into his parents 2nd story condo that they normally rent.

he is concerned about living on the second story condsidering his 200gl tank weighs close to a ton with everything in it. what is the biggest tank any of you have heard of being used in a second story apt/condo/townhouse/etc?

he really doesn't want to sell it as it is pretty much the only thing he is keeping in the divorce
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Old 07-12-2004, 11:54 PM   #2
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No experience here (though I can tell you I have nightmares about our 46 gallon freshwater falling through our first floor) but I did hear someone say once that they couldn't have tanks above a certain size in a rental property. Not sure this applies to his situation but it's probably best to check first.
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Old 07-12-2004, 11:58 PM   #3
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thats what i'm figuring. just got off the phone with him and it doesn't say anything in the condo by-laws. he told me he is going to try and contact the contractor and see if they can give him an explanation...

sucks though, he's had the tank longer than he had been married (10 years) and now becuase of the marriage i think he may have to ditch it...
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Old 07-12-2004, 11:59 PM   #4
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he may want to contact the local city building / code engineer / inspector and have them come out and inspect the condo....this is a lot of weight so he should get a qualified person to look IMO
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Does he like the people that will be below him?
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Old 07-13-2004, 12:06 AM   #6
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Why not you or one of his friends take it off his hands for the time being? And when he gets settled he can have it back.
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Anything above 100g is highly unrecommended. Even 100g is kind of dangerous, but I did keep one in a 2nd story apartment with no problem. It's not just the water weight, but the sand, rocks, and weight of you as you're cleaning the tank and looking at the fish. Don't forget the bucket to change the water will weigh over 300lbs as well if you're doing 30 or above gallon water changes, and the weight of the sump if he has one.
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i agree nightspirit...especially since this is a reef tank and has at least a couple hundred pounds worth of reef in it...

so around 100gallons would be the limit? i think me may have a contractor coming out tomorrow to check out his parents condo.
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i'd love to, but i already have a 150gl with a 2 oscars, a JD, GT and a 18 inch clown knife and a 280gl on the way. and a 11 month old son that feels the need to destroy anything and everything he can...lol


i'd love to help him out, but i know nothing about saltwateer tanks, and none of our friends want the responsibility of a 200 gallon reef tank.
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I'm actually in the same situation. I just got a 200g and am having some people come check out my house. A local guy that has some kind of structural wood engineering degree wants $250 to check out my house 8O
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