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post #1 of 6 Old 04-05-2007, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-05-2007, 04:38 AM
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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.:)

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-05-2007, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-06-2007, 08:54 AM
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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". :)

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post #5 of 6 Old 04-06-2007, 01:03 PM
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hmm about 1k lbs. i heard about someone saying your ref is heavier than your tank...so if you have a ref on the second floor maybe. but yeah stick with hard facts and load bearings structures.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-08-2007, 08:38 AM
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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...
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