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Old 01-13-2012, 08:54 PM   #1
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Aquarium Weight Issue, 2nd floor.

I'm not sure how to find this info. But I live on the second floor of my apartment complex. Water as I'm sure you all know is a heavy bugger, would the roughly 500 pounds of water be an issue? I feel like it wouldn't considering some bed frames and or television entertainment systems probably weigh that amount. Thanks again for all the help! This is in regards to a 40 gallon as well. Hope this is the right forum to post in!

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Old 01-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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Well just the water your looking at 332 pounds. But your gonna have water displacement due to decor and substrate. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

I have a 75 gallon tank with rocks, rocks and more rocks. 4 pieces of driftwood, plants a canopy, stand and a HUGE light.

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Old 01-13-2012, 09:12 PM   #3
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I think your ok I have a 90 gal. with no problems. I'd just make sure the tank is going across the joists so it catches 2 or 3 of them rather then the other way catching only 1 or 2
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Your fine, I'd bet your floor could even hold up to a 125gal. This is where a good aquarium stand really is important. With large tank you just dont want metal stands with legs that pinpoint the weight, but rather like a cabinet stand with wide bases / feet to spread the weight.
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Interesting. Would I have to call the landlord to get an idea of which direction those are going in? Like a building plan or something?
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Thanks Jcolon, I've been reading tons on stands. I saw this DIY stand done with cinder blocks, it actually was really impressive and had a lot of success, and didn't look lazy.
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Yes the landlord might know or if you can see them in the basement they usually run the same way
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Landlord it is, my basement would be the neighbors apartment below me haha. thanks again
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I would make sure that you're allowed to have a tank of that size before you ask them. A few of the apartments I've lived in didn't allow tanks larger than 10g. If you ask the landlord, and he gets wind of you having a 40g, you're setting yourself up for a fine (not trying to scare you, just giving you a heads up).
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I would ask first, as others have suggested. Many landlords actually have a clause in the contract covering this.

Just to make a note, the weight of the tank itself isnt the issue, it's how spread out it is. A waterbed takes a HUGE amount of water, but it's weight per square foot is less than a standard sized refrigerator. As jcolon said, you need to spread out the weight distribution. The pressure on the joists, evenly distributed, should be negligible. A cabinet that is at least 3 feet wide should spread it out enough to eliminate the risk.
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