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    So I've been doing a lot of researching, and I think I will be putting a jack in my basement to support the joist my tank rests on in the room above. Tank runs parallel to the frame, so it only rests on one joist. I think it might be overkill, but I don't want the floor to sag and jack is under 55 gallons anyways.

    Has anyone had any experience with reinforcing wood floors to support a tank before?

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    How old is your house? How is the structure? Is the floor sagging now? Use a level on the floor around the tank and see.

    I don't see too many folks having to reinforce their floors to support a tank. Anyone else?

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    If the tank is near a load baring wall (ie, near one of the ends of the floor beam that is supporting it) you should be fine. I had a 55 gallon tank set-up on a floor about 5 to 6 feet away from a load baring wall running parallel with the beam. The tank sat there for 4 years without a single problem. The home was built in 1999/2000 and 2 X 8s were used for the floor beams.
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    Built in 2006, the floor is not sagging now, structure is in good condition. The joist are 2x8, 16" apart. It is in the corner of a room, about 2 feet away from the center beam, and a supporting metal pole. Concerned because I heard some knocking noises last night from the room while I was nearby and went in the basement and heard the same thing. The noises were sporadic and the entire episode only lasted a few minutes and has not replicated itself since. No water pipes are in the area.

    Thanks for the help!

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    I would not be concerned at all unless it was a 400 gallon tank. Make sure you set it up near a source of water or it will be a pain at water changing time. You'll want the tank near where a python water changer can reach it easily.

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    For a 55, I would not worry about it at all. Once you start to get where you are putting 1,500 pounds or more in tank and water weight on a unsupported floor, then I would consider floor jacks, or building up your floor joists. So until you get something around 150 gallons, I would not worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kim92 View Post
    For a 55, I would not worry about it at all.
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    I have kept a 55 on a single parallel joist and the tank was rather unstable. I wasn't really worried about it falling over, but it rocked way more than I would have liked (carpeted floor). You could put a board down under the tank stand that extends out to the next joist to give it more structural integrity. Jack in the basement - I don't think is needed.
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    you arent going to need the support at all. normal load ratings in the middle of a 12 foot span with 2x8 16" on center are usually between 25 to 50 per sq INCH. Your 55gal has a foot print of about 6 sq feet, which would have a load of a little higher than 133 lbs per sq FOOT.
    My 150gal is on a 2nd floor and it weighs 1800+ lbs. not even a creak, I hit 4 floor joists tho.
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    All my tanks are on the second floor.

    I'd be afraid to live in a house that couldn't support a 55, even if I didn't have aquariums.
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