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    Question Weight!?

    I know that it's 10lbs per gallon; though, I was just wondering if my house would be able to support my 150-gallon that I'm wanting to setup. It would measure 48''L x 24''W x 30''H.

    Water in the tank = 150-gallons = 1500lbs
    Sump's total capacity = 50-gallons = 500lbs
    Live Rock = 200lbs.

    The total would be 2200lbs!

    I live in a 15yr old house.
    The tank would be going in my bedroom on the 3rd floor.
    There are no walls under it, but one beside it going all the way down into the foundation.


    Thanks in advance,
    David Liles

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    You will be very wise to shore up the floor from underneath. The floors joist system was not designed to carry the localized live load of your tanks weight. If you don't add support you will see the joists be deflected downward, gaps between the baseboards and the floor, a bowed ceiling below if it's finished below ... etc etc... not to mention that the tank will move A LOT when you walk by it and it will not settle level
    Rob

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    I read your idea of setting up your 150 g tank
    up in your bedroom.. why your room?
    isn't the idea of displaying a large tank for everyone to
    see and admire in the living room?.
    As for your room.......I would advise you not to.
    Nor only it will be extremely heavy for the flooring, think,
    is just like putting a small car in your bedroom. think about
    an unpredictable accident,or the maintenance which the
    tank will have to have. it can be messy.. so take a moment
    to reflect............best of luck


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    Now I'm starting to consider putting the tank in my living room at the front of the house. I'll have to add a ton of support in that case. Since there's so much room in the living room (lol) I'll probably just upgrade my plans from a 150 to a 250 or possibly 300. In the case that I would be putting the tank in the living room, I'll get my parents to chip in some $$ because it's going to be their visitors (for the most part) seeing the tank.

    Thanks for your replies...

    One Salty Dog - I'll see what I can do about that. If I end up putting it in the living room, I'll add some extra support underneath the area where the tank would be going.

    yellowtang - The reason that I would want to put the tank in my room is that I just love fish, and on one wall in my room I was planning on having a 'mini zoo'. With snakes, lizards and fish. For now, I think I'll probably just setup the tank in the living room and have the snake and lizards in my room.

    Thanks again,
    David Liles

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    It will not cost too much to shore up the floor David. About $125 to do for 2 steel jack posts and the needed 2x6s or 2x8s.
    Rob

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    Yeah. The room underneath it, is in need of shelving, so maybe I'll build some shelves inbetween the support posts...

    Thanks,
    David Liles

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    Yes you could conceal the posts in that shelfing and depending on what that room is used for you might be able to run the tanks equipment underneath it on an upper shelf. you will pick up a few feet of pump head but it is a nice set up if you can swing it.
    Rob

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    Good idea! Never would have thought of that! Thanks!
    If my parents chip in a bit of $$, I'll be able to have the tank started up in no time!

    Thanks again!
    David Liles

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    I've got a 110 gallon tank in my bedroom, nothing wrong with it!!
    Visit my Reef @ NewfieReef.com

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    Azonic ... there likely isn't anything wrong with your tank ... It's your floor that will pay the price in the end.
    Rob

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