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How much aquarium can my floor hold?

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by Bajamike, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    Re: How much aquarium can my floor hold?

    I'd say to put it across as many joists as possible. If you really want to be safe, you can put a floor support thing in the basement under the tank.

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  2. static reef

    static reef SCMAS Board Members S.C.M.A.S BOD

    new homes are built to withsatnd 57lbs. per sq ft. if your tank proceeds that than its time to reinforce your floors.
     
  3. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

  4. ailachami

    ailachami Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    How much aquarium can my floor hold?

    so I can't put a 180g walk around tank in the middle of my living room?
     
  5. static reef

    static reef SCMAS Board Members S.C.M.A.S BOD

    typically you want to run a large tank right across of an i beam or reinforced beams from the basement. If you don't than your tank will not crash through the floor right away. It will take years for the floor to finally give way. This is why grand pianos that way 2,000 lbs. have been fine throughout the years. The main thing is to take in consideration that all you weight is in a very small foot print. reinforcing your basement doesn't have to be a major task. Adjustable steel poles from lowes that raise up to 8' 4" will do the trick just fine. I suggest using a 2"x12" BOARD ABOVE YOUR NEW BEAMS AND UNDER YOU SUPPORT HEADERS. You want your beams to run in the opposite direction of your support flooring. If you set-up your tank in the middle of the floor it will be fine for a while. However, the floor overtime will start to sag. Therefore if you ever move you will have an extreme dip in the middle of your living room. By the way the strongest part of your sub flooring is the actual point that you floor meets the exterior portion of your wall. hope this helps
     
  6. static reef

    static reef SCMAS Board Members S.C.M.A.S BOD

    by the way these beams that i was talking about are 40 a piece at home depot. well worth the piece of mind
     
  7. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    Re: How much aquarium can my floor hold?

    Static, you didn't read the link. That's where you get a shear break, if you're going to get one


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  8. that0neguy1126

    that0neguy1126 Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    steel poles are pointless for most homes in colorado. 99% of homes have a floating basement floor
     
  9. amonchak

    amonchak Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    +1. The poles on a floating basement floor will provide a false sense of security. If the basement floor moves up the pole could cause damage to the home. On the other hand if the floor moves down then the pole does nothing.

    I have also had a structural engineer freind of mine recommended against using the adjustable pole supports on the basement floor.
     
  10. Saighead

    Saighead Copepod

    Real glad I took the time to read this full thread. Not about to rush out to Home Depot this very moment, but before setting up my next tank, I have some work with some 2 X 10s in my future.

    Thanks for all the great and detailed info!
     

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