okay, so I've got a couple of tanks (60g & 33g) set in an (ugly) custom stand coming.
I'm excited about it, but the 60g is a VERY old tank (has been running for at least 15 years, and has been moved at least 3 times not counting the move coming up), so I'm worried it will spring a leak soon, plus, I know I probably won't be happy with it long term.
I'd really like a nice show tank, a planted discus tank actually. I LOVE my 90g, and am really happy with it, however the shape of the 90 (so deep) has draw backs for scaping.
I'm thinking of setting up the above temporarily, and then embarking on building a custom stand for a 110 or 120 long, and making it a feature in the dining room (where the tanks were set to go anyway).
What I'd REALLY love is to build a stand that could hold two
large tanks, likely a 110/120 on top and the 60g (mentioned above), along with my little 10g on the bottom.
I figure if I upgrade to a bigger tank, I can then reseal the 60g and rest easy for a few more years.
After much reading, I'm still not sure if my house can support the weight. The room in question is on the 2nd floor. It measures 10' x 11'. The floor joists are 2 x 10 and spaced 14" apart. Subfloor is plywood, I'm guessing 3/4", as the house is 40 years old, and they liked to overdo things back then. The bearing wall consists of 2 2x6 along the top, running over a system of 2x6 columns, spaced 14" apart, and braced midway with 2x6 also. The flooring upstairs is hardwood (oak) - not sure if that has any influence on things.
Here's a pic of the space, to give you an idea what I'm talking about. Please ignore the mess!
a long shot of the room
Before examining how my house is built, I'd hoped to put the tank along that outside wall, where the 10g currently is. However, I now realize that's not wise, since the joists run parallel to the wall. I'll be looking at putting the tanks at the back wall, where the patio doors are (we don't use them except to let in fresh air in the summer). That way, the joists will be perpendicular to the tank and the wall, distributing the load more evenly.
Another option is to place the tank as a divider between the living room and dining room, directly above the bearing wall that runs the length of the house. However, I don't know if that's a great idea. Not sure if that would put too much pressure on the one wall, versus spreading it over the entire floor (theoretically) and all four walls? Also, if I placed the tank there, would it then factor into the load on the living room floor as well as the dining room? The living room is the largest room in the house, and thus has the weakest floor. My son has autism and tends to run in the house a lot, and that's the room where you feel it most. Also, that room has a fair amount of furniture, and is likely to hold the most people at any given time.
Before anyone suggests it, the basement is not an option. My 90g is down there in the den already, and there's nowhere to put another tank setup down there, except the laundry room, and, well, that kind of defeats the purpose of a show tank, lol.
So, it's either fit the dream setup into the space I've picked out, or scrap it.
I am confident that that back wall with the doors would be fine for a 120g on it's own, just not sure if it can handle 180.