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Old 02-22-2009, 03:05 AM
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Default Setting up a 125 gallon tank on the second floor in apartmen

I rent an apartment on the second floor in a 3-floor building.
Is it safe to set up a 125g tank? My floor will handle this weight, right?
I have been living in this apartment for over 8 years.
Never heard or seen any termites.
No planning to move anywhere for the next 5 years or so (I understand how painful that will be, but I think it is still worth it).
I do have a 55g tank running for over 2 years, but it is too small.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:55 AM
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you should be fine. just to make sure and cover your side along with the people living under you talk to the superintendent.
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Obviously depends on several variables... if it's an old building with creaky floors I wouldn't... but with that said, I think it would be fine. I used to have a 75g + 55g side by side in a fourth floor apt back in Boston without issues May want to look into renter's insurance to cover any water damage though.

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The tank should go across the rafters. ...Not in the same direction. You will have much more support.....A lot safer.
You should be ok.

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1. Figure out which way the floor joices go and make sure you lay across them. Obviously you can't see under your floor unless you have a hole someplace, but if you could see in the basement or attic they shoudl run the same way for all of the floors. Laying across the joices= 4 or 5 to suppost your tank. Laying with= 1 or 2 to support your tank.

2. Have renters insurace!!! If the tank somehow leaked and you damaged the apartment under or teh walls and floor, that stuff gets expensive. My brand new magnum canister filter leaked and acted like a syphon for the tank. I didnt' catch it unitl I had 75 gallons on my basement floor. At least it was in the basement but that was PITA to clean up and that was on concrete.

3. Don't take our word for it. Have someone who knows what they are talking about look at your apartment. You will have 1000+ pound sitting on 9 square feet.
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Sorry, I meant floor joice not rafters.....
I had my 180 set up that way, with no problem.
Insurance is not a bad idea either.
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Yep, I agree too. You're gonna want to put the tank perpendicular to the floor joices. That way you'll get more floor joices to support the tank. I was recently over at someone's apartment who lived on the 3rd floor. He had a 150gal glass tank up there....
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Great advise from everyone! Good Luck
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Yes, thank you everyone!
I think I will stick with just a 75g tank for now until I get my own place to mess with.
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pretty much... ask the apartment manager if they allow waterbeds on the 2nd floor... if they do, then you should be ok with a tank.

And Renter's insurance is definitely a good idea here...

Personally, climbing stairs (to the 2nd floor) with a 250 lb empty tank and going around corners (if applicable) is not fun.
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