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Old 11-25-2003, 08:54 AM   #1
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Support For So Much Water?!

How do you support a 120 gallon aquarium whenever you live in an older house?! The weight of the water, stand, glass itself, sand, rock, and everything else will SURELY not hold on my house, even on the first floor! How do I support the weight underneath? Any Tips from anyone is greatly apreciated! Anyone have any experiences with this sort of problem? Thanks!
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Old 11-25-2003, 09:28 AM   #2
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the weight of your aquarium will be aprox. 1,400 lbs. do you have a basement? depending on the age of your house, i would put it on an outside wall. this will be the strongest part of you house. my father is a carpenter and he told me the same thing. I'm setting up 120gal also.

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Old 11-25-2003, 09:29 AM   #3
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You could make concrete block pillars under the area the tank is going to go on. Also if you spread the weight across the floor joists it may not be as bad as you think, it will be distributed over 4 ft.
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What about some sort of floor jack, etc.? Any ideas will help, or even a combination of the ideas. I really am stuck here. Maybe even alot of 2x4's nailed to the floor joists and then cemented into the floor on the basement? Thanks
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If the room is over a basement, you could use 4X4s to make a support, or even 2 2X4s nailed together.
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Would you then suggest a cement footer? to hold the 4x4 in place?
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you can go to any hardware store and buy metal brackets (used for decks) and lag bolt or hammer drill them into place you will need a masonry bit. it might be a little more expensive this way, but it doesn't have to be as permenant as cement. IMO i would go with a 4x4. if your aquarium is by an outside wall though and it is evenly distributed (meaning the ends are perpendicular on the joists) it should be fine without. but a brace placed in the middle of the tank in the basement wouldn't hurt. it's all about peace of mind.

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you can go to any hardware store and buy metal brackets (used for decks) and lag bolt or hammer drill them into place you will need a masonry bit. it might be a little more expensive this way, but it doesn't have to be as permenant as cement. IMO i would go with a 4x4. if your aquarium is by an outside wall though and it is evenly distributed (meaning the ends are perpendicular on the joists) it should be fine without. but a brace placed in the middle of the tank in the basement wouldn't hurt. it's all about peace of mind.

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So no experience with floor jacks?
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those would be fine, and easier. pretty expensive though, do you have one. i only used them a couple times when i helped my father with room additions. we always rented them.

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