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Aquarium weight vs. Floor
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FloridaBoy
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PostPosted: 2007.03.01(Thu)21:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wood floors and large tanks are not the best of friends, and regular floor studs will not support that tank for long in my opinion.

It might not fail at first, but it will likely settle in time and become unlevel which can create a disaster. You will need to brace it before setting up the tank. Consult a construction engineer or a home builder for the best strategy.

After you brace it, make sure your system is perfectly level both before and after filling. Test it with fresh water only for a few weeks, (no decorations) checking the level every few days until you are confident you can proceed.
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PostPosted: 2007.03.01(Thu)21:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

how long should I wait to check if it's level? and could I even have live rock in the tank at the same time?
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PostPosted: 2007.03.01(Thu)21:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, read my post again---the idea is; make sure it's level BEFORE you put aquatic life in it. That way if there is a problem you can drain the fresh water and adjust the bracing. It's a simple testing process that may save you a lot of headaches.
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PostPosted: 2007.06.11(Mon)2:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

110 gal tank.. 5' long, foot half wide over 4 - 2x8 joists? Not to mention the probably 3/4" subfloor.

Is this a ground floor?

You're looking at maybe 1500lbs peak weight with rocks, water and equipment. It's fine.

Your floor is probably 5x stronger than the stand the tank is sitting on. Manufactures put this much weight on particle board.

And you're putting the tank perpendicular to the joists. It's fine.

** 1500lbs spread out over that foot print puts you at 1-1/3 lb per square inch. Think that floor is going to break when you lean back on one heel?
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