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Old 08-19-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Is it safe?


I was thinking of getting a 75g tank to replace my 35 or 37 gallon tank... Is it safe to have that much weight on a 2nd floor, though? I mean.. thats like half of a car sitting in my room haha.. Anyone here have any big tanks on 2nd floors? I mean, i dont want the thing to 1 day fall through the floor.. i would guess that 750+ pounds on a few 2x4's is too much for them to handle, right? Any ideas?
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:25 PM   #2
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The best thing to do that I can think of would be to check out where the structural support beams are on your house. Just check out the blueprints. Your safest bet would be to find a load bearing wall on the first floor of the house and see if any of your rooms on the second floor would be setup so that the tank could rest very nearly ontop of that load bearing wall.

With regards to the weight specifically, I'm not sure. My largest tank is a 29g and it is on the second floor. With everything I have sitting in the tank stand, as well as heavy furniture along that wall, it must be well over 500lbs in that area. It is sitting directly ontop of an I-beam though, so I was never worried about it at all.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:33 PM   #3
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Unless you live in a chicken coop, or some old termite encrusted shanty a 75 gallon tank is not going to be a problem..
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:49 PM   #4
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what kinda car are you driveing? 1500lbs......

The floor should be fine as long as its over or close to a wall underneeth. Putting it in a room that would put the tank center over the liveing room would be a bad idea, over time it would sag. Also, keep an eye on the levelness of the tank, add shimms to corect.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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well ive got a 35 or 37 or 39 i dont even know.. upper 30's.. tank where im planning on putting it.. but we're talking about doubling the weight soo yea.. Its on a wall right between me and my sisters room so i would guess that there is some sort of beam right under.. I know that my room is on top of the Dining room.. What if i was to put it on an External wall? Theres bound to be support there, right? Or better yet, i can have it near the corner of the house where there is DEFINITELY plenty of support.. My room is on the outer corner of the house soo there should be quite a bit of support there.. Anyhow, i might just rearrange my room so that its near one of the outer walls. I was just at petsmart because i wanted to see what tanks they had and for how much.. no 75 gallons or anything near it.. jumped from like 36 to 120.. for 300 plus 300 for a stand so 600 for the tank and i think lighting is included as it was inside the tank.. so 600 plus a filtering system isnt too bad.. but theres no way in hell that the 2nd floor can support that much weight in that little space lol..
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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An external wall would deff. be the best choice of placement. If you are looking for aquariums, always check out CraigsList.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:11 AM   #7
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I have a 55g on the second flood of an apartment building. I would make sure you put the tank near a wall and put broad feet under the stand but you should be alright with that amount of weight.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:16 AM   #8
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A modern building will support a 75 gallon tank just peachy. Modern building standards make darn sure that no matter what the bejebus you do that floor isn't going to bust through.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:30 AM   #9
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To be on the safe side, place the tank perpendicular to the floor joists
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:50 AM   #10
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Well, i dont know if my house is Modern or not.. 30something-40 years old i think..
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:23 AM   #11
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To be on the safe side, place the tank perpendicular to the floor joists
+1 spread the load to be safe in time it can/might settle as every house does so i would keep an eye on that over time but that should be fine your floor is prob 2x6 though
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:23 AM   #12
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The weight of a 75 gallon aquarium is like having two fat guys sitting on a couch. As long as your building is structurally sound, you'll be ok. The floor is stronger near a corner or over a downstairs supporting wall if you're still worried.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:38 PM   #13
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Depending on what is below the aquarium, you could bolster your floor strength with adjustable jack posts.

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Old 08-20-2010, 11:48 PM   #14
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I have a 29, 16, and 5 gallon along with 3 pieces of HEAVY furniture, all in a closet sized room on the 2nd floor. No probs, its been about 2 years now too.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:59 PM   #15
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Great analogy Sharkfood haha.. yea its pretty sound.. relatively New house.. 40 years isnt that old . Aqua, great idea but i doubt my mom would let me put jacks in the middle of the dining room
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