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Old 02-28-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Aquariums Falling Through Floors

Does anyone ever worry about keeping their aquarium on a second floor or in an apartment and crashing through the floor? Or causing some sort of damage?

I know it's probably safe, but for example I have a 55gal, and with everything in it, probably ways around 700lbs. And I always have nightmares about coming home and finding something horrific...

Are most 2nd floors and apartment complexes built with certain weight capacities?
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Yes there was a thread about this earlier. Landlords probably don't even allow big tanks.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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I don't know but I have a 55G with a ton of stuff in it with and 20G on one tank holder it is near 810LBS!!! I think one day it might just fall through the floor!!! I don't know if floors have capacity. I have 4 tanks in one room hoping I won't fall with it If it does!
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Does anyone ever worry about keeping their aquarium on a second floor or in an apartment and crashing through the floor? Or causing some sort of damage?

I know it's probably safe, but for example I have a 55gal, and with everything in it, probably ways around 700lbs. And I always have nightmares about coming home and finding something horrific...

Are most 2nd floors and apartment complexes built with certain weight capacities?
I worried about this too before I got mine! I actually bought a 46 instead of a 72 because of it. I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building built in the 1930s.

I researched it for months, there's a TON of material on the Internet about it. Honestly, unless it's over a 100 gallons I'm sure you're fine. I'm sure somebody will chime in here with specifics. A lot of it has to do with weight distribution.
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Doesn't matter if you have 4 tanks in one room it's all on how much weight in a small area. And it depends when the place was built, where the tank is located, etc
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Doesn't matter if you have 4 tanks in one room it's all on how much weight in a small area. And it depends when the place was built, where the tank is located, etc
Oh I don't really know this stuff. It makes me worry less
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Yes there was a thread about this earlier. Landlords probably don't even allow big tanks.
Any chance you have the link to this thread or what to search on for the lazy folk?
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I worried about this too before I got mine! I actually bought a 46 instead of a 72 because of it. I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building built in the 1930s.

I researched it for months, there's a TON of material on the Internet about it. Honestly, unless it's over a 100 gallons I'm sure you're fine. I'm sure somebody will chime in here with specifics. A lot of it has to do with weight distribution.
Joey - did you find any particular helpful websites or just google it?
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And I've had my 55gal up for a year with no issue in a 4th floor apartment. I may be moving and thinking about upgrading, wanted to know how big I can go
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