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    Quote Originally Posted by calebtrueblue View Post
    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.
    You're right, but we hadn't seen the photo. Having said that, given that you have water movement when you move past the tank, maybe its not such a bad idea to spread the load a bit more and maybe pick up a couple more joists

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    Tank and stand look great. Please start a journal (with photos) when you start your aquascaping and stocking.
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    Adding more joists may be a bit difficult. The basement is finished with a Sheetrock ceiling

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    I think the above poster was talking about putting down an oversized piece of plywood to distribute the load to another joist, not physically adding one. That might help but might not look the best. If you could figure out where your joists are in the floor, you can at least make sure your positioned in a way that you are picking up the most. Hopefully, they are spaced 16" apart. With a 48" tank, that means you could either be picking up 4 joists or 3, depending on where the tank is sitting. If you can remove a floor vent, or even a ceiling vent or recessed light in the basement, you might find a joist. A studfinder might work as well. Once you find one, measure 16" on center (presuming thats your joist spacing) and set the tank up so you are sitting on 4 joists. 4 joists should easily carry the weight of your tank long as you aren't sitting a piano or refridgerator next to it.

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