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04-20-2009, 10:27 AM #1
I saw a thread (completely forgot what it was) but it said something about if you have over 55 gallons you should worry about it on a second floor. I'm planning on getting on within the next two months. It would go in my room, which is on the second floor. My question is, if you have a basement, isn't putting a tank on your first floor the same as putting it on the second? Since there's another level under you and its not solid ground.
04-20-2009, 10:37 AM #2
This becomes a structural engineering question. The first floor of most buildings is going to be stronger through the floor. Remember that a fully loaded 55 gallon tank will weigh about 500 pounds, quite a load. A 55 gallon in a corner and with the load spread perpendicular to the floor joists would be fine.8 tanks running now:
1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.
04-20-2009, 12:45 PM #3
The reason the 2nd floor is a consideration is that the first floor has to hold the weight of the upper stories so is usually stronger. Also many houses have steel I-beams in the basement to support the joists. However, a 55 gallon that spans a few joists and is near the wall is probably going to be fine.55g: Future home of a green terror and 2 convicts
29g: Convicts, tiger barbs, corys, snails
29g: 3 fancy goldfish
04-20-2009, 09:54 PM #4
My house is relatively new. Don't know exact age but can't be younger then 1990. I can get a 55 gallon tank/ stand for $135. I want to upgrade and get this but the only place for my tank where my parents would let me is my room. I would put it near the wall so that would be fine. The only thing is, the stand is like this:
but for a 55 gallon. You it would be able to hold it without any problems?
04-20-2009, 09:57 PM #5
I wouldn't go any higher then a 30gal with those stands..
04-20-2009, 09:58 PM #6
04-21-2009, 12:38 AM #7
If its a new house, 55g ain't gonna phaise it! I'm 340 lbs....that's like me and a normal sized person standing on your secondfloor. If the floor collapses...LOL your house has SERIOUS problems!!!!
As for bthe stand....don't mess with anything rated less than what you have! Having your fully stocked tank go crashing to the floor wouldn't be pretty! LOL. Oh the humanity!!!