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I am wondering if anyone else has experience putting an aquarium on a glass desk. I have this Realspace Zentra model from OfficeMax/OfficeDepot and I've had a 2.5 with no problems before, but I'm wondering if I could safely do a larger tank, like a Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long. 10 gallons comes in at 110 pounds. It says it supports up to 120 pounds and it's tempered glass. I have a laptop on the desk(3-4 pounds) but that's really it for anything weighing more than a few ounces, other than the occasional open textbook.
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It might also be the weight limit of the legs of the table, more then the glass.

Don't forget while you're resting your arms on the desk while typing or fish watching, it adds more weight and pressure.

I'd add a support just for giggles, if possible. Do you have pictures of the stand?

One method I've used to determine how strong a table or desk is, is to add weights, in excess of the expected load by about 50lbs, this way if I trip into it, it won't explode..

Or.. it breaks under the load and drops weights on the ground.. which is considerably better then fish, water, time and effort.


EDIT: just clicked the link (didn't show on phone mode) hmm.. that's tough to brace without looking like it's rigged up... You may be reaching it's tolerances, but if I were the company.. I'd also put out a number slightly lower then the actual max capacity..

That's just my opinion though. I'd be cautious.

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I am wondering if anyone else has experience putting an aquarium on a glass desk. I have this Realspace Zentra model from OfficeMax/OfficeDepot and I've had a 2.5 with no problems before, but I'm wondering if I could safely do a larger tank, like a Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long. 10 gallons comes in at 110 pounds. It says it supports up to 120 pounds and it's tempered glass. I have a laptop on the desk(3-4 pounds) but that's really it for anything weighing more than a few ounces, other than the occasional open textbook.
glass table will be first to break and then of course your tank will go down with it.

might be possible but the risk is not worth it.
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Or.. it breaks under the load and drops weights on the ground.. which is considerably better then fish, water, time and effort.

That's just my opinion though. I'd be cautious.
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glass table will be first to break and then of course your tank will go down with it.

might be possible but the risk is not worth it.
This is pretty much where I'm at, which is why while I'd really like to do it, I wanted to see if I could find someone else who had done it successfully first. It's definitely not worth it for a few more gallons of water to scape.
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I wouldn't chance it.
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Wouldn't chance it either. Too close to max weight by itself, not to mention if someones leans on it, downward pressure while scraping/ doing maintenance, etc. The legs look like the weak link on that design more than the glass itself

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OK, so obviously I'm the only space strapped fool thinking Let's max out the weight limit on a glass surface. Bad idea; the nos have it, lol.

But. 5 gallons would be about 60 pounds/half the stated limit. Thoughts?
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with the tank at 110 and the load limits of the table at 120 you don't have enough safety margin. So I wouldn't do it. However if you can remove the gals top make some detailed measurements of it. Then talk to a glass shop. They could make a new glass top that is thicker and that could support the load. Or you could replace the glass with wood.
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with the tank at 110 and the load limits of the table at 120 you don't have enough safety margin. So I wouldn't do it. However if you can remove the gals top make some detailed measurements of it. Then talk to a glass shop. They could make a new glass top that is thicker and that could support the load. Or you could replace the glass with wood.
Yeah, that was a bad idea. I'm wondering if I could get away with a 5-6 gallon though, which would be about 60 pounds and half the weight limit.
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I would say you could. I bet you could hold about 130 lbs on that desk because generally manufactures try to give a slight margin of accident margin. But if the weight limit is 120 then you would for sure be able to hold a Fluval spec V for instance. I think up to a 7 gallon aquarium should be fine.


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I would say you could. I bet you could hold about 130 lbs on that desk because generally manufactures try to give a slight margin of accident margin. But if the weight limit is 120 then you would for sure be able to hold a Fluval spec V for instance. I think up to a 7 gallon aquarium should be fine.


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