Post by ifluctuate on Mar 28, 2013 23:02:51 GMT -5
We will hopefully be getting a 100 gallon tank shortly, and a stand as well. We were looking at one we found on kijiji.com We actually just went to see it tonight. Anyways, the guy said it weighs about 300 lbs and my husband is worried it's going to damage our floor or go crashing through to the basement once it's full of sand.
I want to put his mind at ease. How much approx. do your larger tanks 90 + gallons weigh when they're empty .. and how many of you have them on the main or upper floors of a house? I know this sounds like a silly question, I know I laughed at hubby when he told me his worries ... this on top of the fact we still have to rent a truck and some people to go get it. It would fit in my Santa Fe just fine, as I measured and it's 6ft long but we're not strong enough and hubby wants it to lay flat rather than at an angle.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Mar 29, 2013 11:30:26 GMT -5
I'm so glad you asked this!
Okay, if the tank weighs 300# empty, then it is much bigger than 100 gallons. An empty 100 gal should weigh about 182#.
Now, as to the wight questions
I recently had to research this myself since I got a 112gal and I live in a really janky old house. All my tanks are on my "ground" floor but my basement is only partially subterranean. Here's what you look at when considering setting up a heavy tank. You want to have it as close to an exterior wall as possible (these are the strongest, especially if you have a basement or foundation). The next thing you want to do is get a look at your flooring under the place you want to put your tank. What you want to do is put your tank somewhere that it covers as many as the cross supports as possible. I know, it sounds confusing, but it really isn't. If you look in your basement and your support beams run this way | | | | | | you want your tank above them going this way -------------- across the beams so the weight is better distributed. In this way also a wooden stand is better than a metal one because a metal one puts the weight on just those 4 leg spots on the floor. So with the metal stand, you would want to put wood in the stand first to help support the glass & distribute the weight and ideally put a piece of wood as big as the "floor" of your tank UNDER the stand so you spread out your weight "footprint" (think snowshoes). Some other things that may help put Hubby's mind at lease, my 55 weighs about 80 pounds empty but I have more than 300 pounds of sand, crabs & deco in it. It's on a wooden coffee table with ( shaped legs, so (table) know what I mean? So that's a 400+ pound tank. Next to it in the corner is the 40 breeder which weighs about 60. It's got over 100 pounds of sub alone and it sits on top of a glass-less coffee table frame. Under it are 2 empty 10s filled with supplies. There is also 2 tubs of toys & my DR table all in that corner. My house was built in the 1920s and I was able to determine that my DR could easily support the weight of all the tanks if I wanted to. I'll look around for it (I think it's in my journal) but I have the article I used about it. It was written by an engineer who also keeps fish so heavy tanks are right up his alley
Oh here is my resource I use for tank sizes & weights
I'm lucky with that as my house is built on a cement slab and is single story. So there is NO CHANCE of any tank I put in going through the floor. LOL But my tank is not particularly big or heavy so it doesn't really matter. Really should have weighed it. BUT I could lift the empty tank (just) and I have only 1 bag of sand in it which is 20kg (not sure of pounds) and 4 little (by your standards) crabs with some small light decos
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Post by ifluctuate on Mar 29, 2013 23:43:29 GMT -5
No it's definitely a 100 gallon long (6 ft long) not very high. Maybe the guy meant 300 lbs with the stand included. The stand is solid ... doesn't look wood but I think it's laminate with 4 doors and no shelves (yet). I plan on installing shelves. I will take a look in the basement tomorrow. If the beams do run the other way, then I think there is enough space on the other wall to put it too. We're picking the tank up on Sunday night, but it won't be set up for quite awhile. I want to get everything perfect before moving everyone over. Our house was built in the 1980's but who knows if they make them stronger or weaker.
The weight distribution is what makes it possible to have such heavy things like aquariums in our homes.
Just to add a little bit to everything: if you weigh 200 pounds and you stand feet together, you're putting 200 pounds of weight on one tiny spot in your house. If your tank is 6' long and 300 pounds, that's 300 pounds of weight distributed over a bigger surface than the spot you stand on (which means less weight than you on a tiny spot). Does that make sense?
I know I saw somebody here talk about that before (they can probably explain that better than I can), but if the beams are good and you know the weight is distributed over a large space, it should be just fine.
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Mar 30, 2013 9:29:00 GMT -5
That is great that you were able to get that tank and stand. I understand his worry. I had all of my tanks in one room and we were on the third floor. I am sure if you tell your Hubby all that was said about how to make sure it is in the right spot he should be less worried.
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Post by ifluctuate on Mar 31, 2013 12:40:48 GMT -5
He feels a lot better after I read some of the comments posted here. We're getting the tank today at 4pm so I'll take pictures of it sitting in our living room (empty). Unfortunately it will be sitting along the beams, rather than across them, but as ember fusion said, since it's distributed and not all in one spot it should be fine. Especially since my husband and my weight combined is NEARLY 600 lbs and we stand in just one spot, or sit in just one spot all the time.
Thanks so much for the help!
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