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    I am setting up a 55 gallon tank. will be on a first floor with hardwood flooring with a basement underneath. I don't believe it is over the joists. Generally speaking, do I need to be concerned with the weight of the tank when filled on the flooring I described?

    Since I bought the tank used I am filling it with water to make sure it doesn't leak. I did notice that when I walk by the tank the water moves a bit in the tank. Is this normal? Tank is about 60% full right now

    thanks for your help

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    I might be a bit concerned if the weight of the tank is not well supported. Can you check in the basement to see what the support looks like beneath it? you're looking at almost 450 pounds just in the water. That doesn't count the tank and the stand and the weight of the substrate etc.

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    if you are not sitting on joists, and it moves when you walk past it may be a good idea to spread the load a bit - ie a sheet of ply or a pad of ply under each leg

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    we have a finished basement so I am unable to see exactly what is underneath the flooring. It probably was dumb to test for leaks in our family room. In any event, the tank is full, I was planning in leaving it as a test for about 48 hours, no leaks thus far :) @Dennis, I am not sure what the plywood would do. Water is not moving as much now that the tank is full

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    I really researched this, as I'm in a big double wide mobile home with questionable floors to carry the weight of my 75 gal (about 900 lbs). Depending on how thick your flooring is, it might be possible to locate your floor joists with a stud finder. If possible, you should place the tank perpendicular to the floor joists - the tank will weigh about 625 lbs when fully set-up. With what you have stated re the water moving (it should not move at all), you should add at least 3/4 inch thick plywood to cover the tank footprint under the stand (I added 1 1/2 inches, as my stand legs are not directly over the joists), with each tank leg placed over a joist if possible. The 55 is a 4 foot tank, so whether your floor joists are on 16 or 24 inch centers, you can have the plywood start at one joist and end at another. Then you can place the tank where needed on the plywood. Even if you beef up the floor, it's very risky to place the tank parallel to the joists.
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    what advantage does the plywood offer? So I can get a sheet of plywood 4' x 18" and put the stand on the plywood.

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    what advantage does the plywood offer? So I can get a sheet of plywood 4' x 18" and put the stand on the plywood.
    The sheet of ply will help distribute the weight
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    All sections of the stand are touching the floor. Also, I needed two shims on the right end of the stand and had to push them all the way under the stand. With all sections of the stand touching the floor would I still need the plywood and if so, how thick should it be?

    thanks for the help

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    the plywood strengthens your floor and helps distribute the weight. mine is screwed through the flooring into the floor joists so it has become a part of the floor
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    I'm going to slightly disagree on the need for plywood in this situation. It's more useful for stands that sit on 4 points. With the stand you have, the weight is already evenly distributed over the floor. As stated, the most important thing is making sure the tank is perpendicular to the joists.

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