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biggest tank for 2nd floor?
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trabadoor22
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PostPosted: 2004.10.13(Wed)23:45    Post subject: biggest tank for 2nd floor? Reply with quote

Well I am in the market for a fish tank, but my problem is I live in a 2nd floor apartment. I would like to get a tank around the size of 65-90 gal., but I'm not sure if it would be unsafe. So basically I am wondering if anyone has a tank this size on the second floor. Thanks for any help.
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T5Chris
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PostPosted: 2004.10.15(Fri)14:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on how old and well built the apartment is. If you have creaky floors, I'd be very very careful. It's about 7-8lbs per gallon I think. 90 would be 630lbs + equiment.
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Jeff Zirul
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PostPosted: 2004.10.16(Sat)22:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a question of the weight AND the amount of square feet it is being spread over. Take the weight of the aquarium, stand, water,etc. and divide that by the square footage of the stand (if you have a continuous base). If the stand ends in feet, divide the aforementioned number by 4. Typically, a building rated for occupation is able to handle 65 pounds per square foot "live-load",or weight per square foot.

If you are really concerned, go to your local building permit department and ask one of the inspectors. I have found them to be quite helpful, and they often know the buildings in the area and so can give you some good advice.
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