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Old 03-21-2005, 10:16 AM   #1
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Got the tank moved

Well I moved my 75 gal tank, refugium and sump on Friday. I kept most of my water and reused my current sand bed. It really sucks trying to aquascape when you cant see your hand in the water As far as I can tell, I did not lose anything. Some corals are still a bit stressed though. *knock on wood*

I also realized that I have too much stuff in my tank. Some corals need sew homes or fragged.

The only hiccup I had was I placed the tank parallel to my floor joists. I never really thought of checking this since my 75 gal is a "small" tank. You can shake the water if you jump up and down in the room. Scary stuff. The tank is setting on 2 joist but I am planning on bracing the 2 joist in the basement. Anyone ever had to do this?

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Old 03-21-2005, 01:59 PM   #2
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Bracing joists from the basement is quite easy. I took a scrap 4x4 (that's what I had), cut 2 pieces so that they extended past the joists by a few inches, then secured in place via pole jacks, which rest on more scrap wood. Just check peiodically. While you're in the basement, it's not a bad idea to check the joists directly underneath the refrigerator. Good luck.
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:12 PM   #3
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I thought about doing something similar buy using a 2x12 to span 3-4 joists and then bracing the ends of the 2x12. Don't know if this would help more or not than just using 4x4's under the joists the tank sits on.
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:21 PM   #4
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Re: Got the tank moved

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The only hiccup I had was I placed the tank parallel to my floor joists. I never really thought of checking this since my 75 gal is a "small" tank. You can shake the water if you jump up and down in the room. Scary stuff. The tank is setting on 2 joist but I am planning on bracing the 2 joist in the basement. Anyone ever had to do this?
This is the first time in my life where I can say I am very glad that basements are not built in this area!
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:31 PM   #5
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Unless your on a slab, a crawl space could lead to the same thing. I have read of people bracing big tanks in the crawl space.
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Hmmmm. My non-engineering approach tells me that placing the bracing forces in direct opposition and as close as possible to the load makes sense. If you span 4 joists with a 2x12, then brace the ends, the 2 load bearing joists in the middle would not seem to fully benefit from the pole jacks bracing as they could be as much as 16+ inches away from that force. The integrity of the 64+ inch 2x12 (as in warping) then seems to come into play. To me, priority #1 would be to ensure the tank doesn't crash into the basement. A secondary priority would be to ensure that the joists don't sag over time, even 1/8th of an inch. The 2x12 solution seems as though it could allow that.
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