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Old 08-19-2012, 08:25 AM   #1
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I found one for sale and a good price but weighs 10,000 pounds full with stand water rock sump etc and 1,000g with sump. But it won't fit into my basement because the tank is 142"x36"x36" which is basically 12ft by 3ft by 3ft then 40g dual overflows. So it's got to be in my living room. I'm going to put against my wall and lay my furniture against it as if the whole aquarium is my wall (my wall is 15ft so it'll cover almost all of it) The problem I have is that I don't think my floor can withstand 10,000 pounds. So how do I go about reinforcing the floor and how much would it cost??
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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Hire a structural engineer.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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Saltwater weighs about 12 lbs per gallon x 950 (displacement) = 11400lbs
Live rock- 1000lbs
Sand- 800lbs
Stand (made of a strong metal structure)- 4-500lbs

You actually need to be able to support around 7 tons.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:56 AM   #4
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Saltwater weighs about 12 lbs per gallon x 950 (displacement) = 11400lbs
Live rock- 1000lbs
Sand- 800lbs
Stand (made of a strong metal structure)- 4-500lbs

You actually need to be able to support around 7 tons.
Wow that's alot. If I were to get the tank I'd only have 300lb of rock and have very large light coral inserts since its for sharks and rays.
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Saltwater doesn't weigh 12lbs/g. It does weigh a little more than freshwater, but just marginally. If the tank truly holds 1000 gallons, I'd estimate it (just the water) to weigh just under 8000lbs with the displacement from the sand and rock. That's 3400lbs less.

I'd second the recommndation to hire a structural engineer though. You're definitely going to have to reinforce with some steel beams, and probably lose the area directly under the tank down in the basement for supports.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #6
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Saltwater doesn't weigh 12lbs/g. It does weigh a little more than freshwater, but just marginally. If the tank truly holds 1000 gallons, I'd estimate it (just the water) to weigh just under 8000lbs with the displacement from the sand and rock. That's 3400lbs less.

I'd second the recommndation to hire a structural engineer though. You're definitely going to have to reinforce with some steel beams, and probably lose the area directly under the tank down in the basement for supports.
The part of the house I'm planning on putting the tank is built on ground so there is no basement under neath it. I'll upload pics in a bit.

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #7
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Do you think reinforcing would be under 1k?? Tank and equipment is already 6k then rock and sand is 1k, then coral inserts are 1k, then fish are 1k. So I'm looking at 10k and that's IF reinforcing is 1k if it's more I don't think I can get the tank.
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I've never had to deal with anything close to this but I use to do flooring for a while and honestly 1k will probably just pay for material on something of this scale. I dont even wanna think what an engineer costs to hire.
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I've never had to deal with anything close to this but I use to do flooring for a while and honestly 1k will probably just pay for material and something of this scale. I dont even wanna think what an engineer costs to hire.
Thanks. It helps alot. I know I can't get an exact estimate here but a basic idea is all I was looking for and that's what you gave me I'll talk it out with the family and see if I can still manage to get it.
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