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04-08-2013, 01:47 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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What is your water weight upstairs? - big aquariums
For those who have a big aquarium upstairs, i d like to know the water weight of your aquarium, the support of your aquarium and i also like to know what your floor is made of.
I am asking so because i m doing some research on floor loading with hot tubs. Knowing that water is very heavy, i am curious about people who have heavy aquariums.
04-08-2013, 01:55 PM #2
I think the better question to ask would be what is YOUR floor made of?
What size tank are you looking to have?
Some things you need to bear in mind are where on the floor are you planning on having the tank. Placing the tank perpendicular to the floor joists will give you the best load handling capacity. You also will need to consider the span of the joist. The longer the unsupported span of the joist the less load it can handle. Is the tank in the middle of the span or at the end near the bearing point of the joists. Again the ends can typically carry more load. Post some specifics about your situation rather that what other people have.
04-08-2013, 02:28 PM #3
Houses vary tremendously. Where I live the average home is a concrete structure with brick exterior walls. The law states that an upstairs floor should be able to handle at least 400kg per square meter. I can imagine that a wooden framed house will not be able to handle anything near that.
04-08-2013, 03:16 PM #4
that is a tough question to answer.
by size a bigger tank would weigh more.
but by pound/sq foot-a bigger tank could be less because of the footprint.
so there isn't a definitive answer to give out
04-08-2013, 04:01 PM #5
Are we talking about an aquarium or hot tub, because he mentioned research on floor loading with hot tubs? I would talk with a hot tub manufacture as there's more in weight than just water. Those things can be pretty heavy even without water. Just say-in.25 Gal - Tropical
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04-09-2013, 09:14 AM #6
Very few aquariums have a solid base, the load is generally on multiple points (legs), whereas most hot tubs I've seen have a solid base slightly smaller than the area of the top of the tub, making the question moot. You should get an engineer to check, or risk a very wet downstairs based on comparing apples with doughnuts, so to speak