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Old 05-14-2003, 04:42 PM   #11
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Having a level tank is very important. The only thing holding these tanks together are plastic top and bottom frames and a good beed of sylicon on all the seams. Water weights alot and if its un eaven more weight will be on one area of the tank. This is expecially important if the tank is not flat on the top of the stand. If the tank is flat on the stand but the stand is uneven on the floor then that will put more weight on one side of the tank.

Levling the tank now will save you from waking up or comming home to a massive amount of water on the floor.
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Old 05-14-2003, 04:47 PM   #12
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Sounds like a trip to home depot. WAHOO!

Thanks for the help.

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Old 05-14-2003, 05:19 PM   #13
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You could put your tank in a place like a basement. I would suggest that if you have one because the floors should be concrete and be able to support a whole lot of weight, and there would normally be less sunlight in the basement so that means less algae.
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This site has the estimated weight full and empty of just about any common type of tank you could buy. http://www.alysta.com/books/fishtank.htm
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Old 05-14-2003, 05:33 PM   #15
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wowzer, sorry I didn't read all the posts before replying.
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Old 10-20-2003, 04:35 AM   #16
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I have a 65g tank (base is 36x18) and the weight is 800lbs. The tank sits on an outside wall and is perpinduclar to the floor joists. So I shuld be fine, right???
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Old 10-20-2003, 11:01 AM   #17
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I'm sure glad I have a concrete foundation!
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Old 10-20-2003, 11:23 AM   #18
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I am not an expert on construction, but i think that the weight is better distributed across the joists that with the joists. Or have i got it the wrong way round.

If you have a concrete base you have no worries, here in the UK i think it works out 10lbs per gal of water plus the weight of the tank/gravel/decor. If you are putting your tank onto joists i always feel it is better to be safe than sorry and but some extra supports in between the joist to make it stronger.

Like i said before i am crap at construction, but i know someone will tell me if i'm right or wrong.
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You want the weight to distribute across as many joists as possible, therefore the tank should ideally be placed perpendicular to the way the joists run.

However, the joists have a definite load limit before they sag. The building code here says this is min of 40 lb/sq ft. If the tank has a foot print of 4'x2' & weight 1000 lb, it is exerting 125 lb/sq ft. Granted, the floor boards, etc, will spread the load over a larger area so the load will be smaller, but I would worry about the floor sagging. The floor prob won't collapse, but who want to deal with sagging floor, cracked ceiling, etc? Better to reinforce the floor, or put the tank right on top of a load bearing wall.

Or maybe ask a structural engineer friend to look ...
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