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robsworld78 02-09-2012 04:06 AM

Going inside a 187g tank
Hi, I was wondering what the general rule was for going inside a tank, no not full of water. :lol:

I think its safe for me to go inside and walk around, do you agree? I'm 130-140lbs, the tank is 6'L x 2'W x 30"T and has 1/2" glass.

Adamson 02-09-2012 04:28 AM

Why would you want to go inside of a fish tank?

robsworld78 02-09-2012 04:30 AM

Cause it seems like fun!

I need to do a good cleaning and want to polish the glass and would be easiest if I can jump right in and get comfortable.

Byron 02-09-2012 12:20 PM

I myself would not. I know your weight is much less than the tank full of water, but when the tank is full the weight is evenly distributed, as it is with substrate and such. The seal of the bottom glass, or the side glass, with the frame could easily be compromised by uneven weight. This is why we never lift a tank unless it is empty, and why the tank must be level on the stand. It doesn't take much to shift the glass/frame or stress the seal.

SeaHorse 02-09-2012 01:06 PM

Very true. Also some tanks have a rim and the bottom is raised from that rim. So stepping in the centre to get into it is like stepping on thin ice. All your weight is in one place. Gives me the shivers thinking about it.

KendraMc 02-09-2012 01:19 PM

if it is sitting on a solid, flat surface that touches every part of the bottom it would probably be ok, since then the stress would be immediately transferred to that, but by this i mean floor or ground, not a stand unless it is a completely solid stand.

robsworld78 02-09-2012 01:46 PM

I will take everyone's advise and stay out.


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