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Floor weight 4 days 17 minutes ago #162191

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I’ve got joists going perpendicular to where I’d like to put a 57 gallon tank with 16” spacing between the joists. It’s the second floor and there are no known load bearing walls nearby. Was wondering if this would be okay? Thanks.


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Floor weight 3 days 16 hours ago #162193

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:blink:

lots of factors go into the dead load calculator for floors. Age of structure, height of beams, type of flooring, etc...
your talking about 8.5 lbs per gallon of water plus the weight of the stand and scape. So approx 475-600lbs. I would call a structural engineer to sleep better at night, but it should hold it. ;)
It's just money...go ahead, spend it.
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Re:Floor weight 3 days 15 hours ago #162194

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ldballoon4 wrote:
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lots of factors go into the dead load calculator for floors. Age of structure, height of beams, type of flooring, etc...
your talking about 8.5 lbs per gallon of water plus the weight of the stand and scape. So approx 475-600lbs. I would call a structural engineer to sleep better at night, but it should hold it. ;)

Isn’t that really pricey?


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Floor weight 3 days 12 hours ago #162195

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for 1 hour visit its like $100-$200. Yep expensive.
It's just money...go ahead, spend it.
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Floor weight 1 day 10 hours ago #162198

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The peace of mind is worth it, believe me. ;)
Went through that with my 300 before I put it on the floor. Engineer recommended a few floor jacks and some 2X8s to support the (then planned, now functioning) reef. The nice thing is when you have a structural engineer put their recommendation on paper with a signature block (and a seal in my case), there is no question if a disaster occurs (it drops through the floor, tips over from the floor giving way, or some such :blink: ) that you did everything possible and the insurance shouldn't have any issues whatsoever.

Two rupee' worth from the old guy.

Hoep all are doing well!

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Ray :)
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300 gallon Deep Dimension/360 degree walk-around living room reef
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Floor weight 1 day 2 hours ago #162199

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Cost of structural engineer ... ~$200 ... peace of mind ... PRICELE$$!
You can tune a piano ... but you can't tune-a-fish!

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