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Old 01-30-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hi, I am 14 and I am going to start a fowlr tank. Right now I have a 55 gallon aquarium. I have read the bigger the tank the more stable it would be. If I decided to go bigger can a 150 gallon aquarium be placed in my upstairs bedroom. My house is only five years old And my parents will not let me place my aquarium in the living room. What do you guys think, can I go 150 gallons or should I keep the 55 gallons?
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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I would stick with the 55. And try to distribute it horizontal to floor joist and not parallel. Unfortunately (most) newer houses use weaker joist than older ones to save money. I-joist are NOT suitable for a 150g unless you can get pops to reinforce floor- (good luck with that)
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:11 PM   #3
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What would you say is the next biggest tank I could have if any?😀
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I would stay with what you have, that's a lot of weight in a small footprint. If you go bigger, go longer so you catch more joist not taller or wider
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Ok I am going to keep the 55. But to save on excess weight I won't have a sump. Will the tank have enough filtration with a high quality hob protein skimmer, 70lbs of live rock, 2 power heads for circulation, and 60lbs of live sand.
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What are you using for a filter?
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:01 PM   #7
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I don't have a tank yet I plan on setting one up in the future. Do I need to add an extra filter I have heard they are nitrate factories?
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Most insurance companies don't cover tanks on anything above the ground floor, in the event they suffer a leak or other catastrophic failure (pump failure, overflow, etc).

If you are hell bent on putting a tank up there, make sure to run it perpendicular to the floor joists to spread the load.
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If your gonna go HOB route I would use atleast a pair of 110's. Your liverock will help out as well but water changes, skimmer, and filtration will eliminate bad prams as well as a good clean up crew.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:44 PM   #10
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Just to be clear is this all the filtration I need:

H.O.B. Protein Skimmer (2x aquarium capacity)
60lbs. Live Rock
60lbs. Live Sand
2 Power Heads for Circulation
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