Is a 4'x2'x2' tank too heavy for my upper floor bedroom??? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 04-05-2007, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Is a 4'x2'x2' tank too heavy for my upper floor bedroom???

I'm having a 4x2x2 foot tank delivered to my house within the next few days, and soon after that comes the six red bellied piranhas and the equipment. i have read various books, blogs, forums and spoke to 'experts' and they all have different opinions as to whether this size tank would be suitable up stairs.
The tank will be against one of the house walls, the strongest point of the house.

Please respond as i am in dire need of help, thanks

burwin_705 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 04-05-2007, 04:38 AM
Lupin's Avatar
Welcome, aboard.

What is the structure of your floor? I don't see a problem with cemented ones but wooden ones will need positioning of tank stands on the beams.

To be safe, try asking the landlord or architect.:)

Sent from my desktop or phone or whatever else I am holding on to  2
I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
Lupin is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 04-05-2007, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Yeh i'll ask the builders about the structure, direclty below where the fish tank will be is a door frame, so that should add to the strength. Also would i be right in thinking that this will weight apporx 500 kg?
burwin_705 is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 04-06-2007, 08:54 AM
Andyandsue's Avatar
While I am no structural engineer, I imagine that this should be ok, especially if you placing the tank near a load-bearing wall. I would check the basement to make sure of that. Figure that this tank won't weigh more than a filled bathtub or waterbed- and most homes unless they are structurally unsound, can handle that weight.

You could always go to a waterbed store and pretend you are interested in one, and pose the question to them. They should at least have an answer even if they are not the "engineering type". :)


Pardon the pun, but I'm hooked!
Andyandsue is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 04-06-2007, 01:03 PM
St6_Devgru's Avatar
hmm about 1k lbs. i heard about someone saying your ref is heavier than your if you have a ref on the second floor maybe. but yeah stick with hard facts and load bearings structures.

St6_Devgru is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 04-08-2007, 08:38 AM
New Member
saint's Avatar
i know someone that lived in a 2nd floor apartment and in his living room he had a 4x2x2, a 4foot standard and a 3foot marine, never had a problem with structure stability, i would assume that the building should be able to handle it i mean water beds would be just as heavy, if not heavier, plus wardrobes and stuff like that would put some weight on the floor, i dont see any difference in a second floor to a 1st floor with floorboards...
saint is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
10 gallon tank setup, creaky floor jayjp04 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 10-10-2009 11:08 AM
transparent strip above upper lip? gemahto Tropical Fish Diseases 8 04-17-2008 06:02 AM
What size of tank can a 3rd floor Apt support? nschluntz Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 01-24-2008 03:17 PM
making shelves for the tank floor gtitan56v8 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 1 12-08-2007 08:45 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome