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QUESTION FOR ALL 100G+ TANK OWNERS!

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My question to all you large tank owners:

What did you do to make sure your home/floor can handle the weight of a thousand+ pound tank before setting up a tank there?

 

SO i have been pining after a 125g (72"x18"x20") for a while, but I'm too frugal to buy new.. and to consider most of the used ones sold on ebay/cregs.  But I thought about it today... If i get a 125g will my floor be able to support it?

Just tank+ water (full) is a whooping 1400 lbs!  That's excluding stand, equipment, substrate, hardscape.. which I'd say adds another 200-300 lbs at most (assuming the use of a lot of large rocks).  I'd be setting this tank up in the finished basement (assuming I can fit it down the stairs).  Its an old home I think built in the 50s?  I'd be placing the tank on the carpeted concrete slab in the basement.. I just don't know if that will be too much weight and cause foundation issues.

 

 

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You should be fine on a concrete slab.  A house that old  should have thoroughly settled.  However, you should always ask a contractor about worries like that.

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It's only an issue on wood frame homes, old or new, and worsens the higher the stories go to some extent, and the longer the load sits there. On a concrete slab you're completely fine.

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I work at a lumber yard, selling everything you need to build or renovate a home.

As stated above on a concrete slab you will be fine.

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I'm in a high rise on the 12th floor but have concrete floors and everything is fine for my big tanks

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I'm in a high rise on the 12th floor but have concrete floors and everything is fine for my big tanks

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A concrete and steel building is a different story :). You can still overload the floor for the design capacity and it is a good thing to check in with the building supervisor to see if they spec any particular load limit per square foot.

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I didnt do anything lol. But my house is a single story on a slab so I feel pretty safe :P

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I live in a single story house and I haven't had any problems with my 125 gallon tank.

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I'm in a high rise on the 12th floor but have concrete floors and everything is fine for my big tanks

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A concrete and steel building is a different story :). You can still overload the floor for the design capacity and it is a good thing to check in with the building supervisor to see if they spec any particular load limit per square foot.

You are probably right... I talked with the maintenance supervisor when I was setting my tanks up and he said our building was solid.... It was built in the 70's when they actually made building more heavy duty.

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Thank you all for the replies!

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