Weight a consideration ?

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  1. VicZA

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    I have been browsing loads of different tank builds and ideas and I was now starting to wonder - should weight be a consideration ? I have a 2-storey house and my tank is destined to be placed in the lounge, directly above the double garage ... do I need to worry about anything ? Even a 4-foot tank could be VERY heavy.

    Tank in 10 mm glass = about 70kgs
    Water (350l-400l) = about 400kgs
    Stand (50mm square) = about 40-60kgs
    Sand and LR = 30-40 kgs
    Sump, DSB and Glass (200l) = 250-300kgs
    Cabinet = 30kgs

    That's already .... 900kgs !!
     
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    You absolutely need to factor in weight, it's distribution is important.
     
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    That is fine. Tank will be against a wall. And your floor should be a concrete floor. And our SA building requirements specified a lot more kg per square than your tank will be.

    I cannot remember the specification, but know you are fine.
     
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    If you want to try mitigate the weight you can ensure your Tanks weight is not distributed through 4 pin point legs of a stand.

    Try run square bar along the bottom of the stand. This will provide much better distribution.

    Other points to consider are you placing your tank on tiles, wood or Carpet (what's underneath carpet) weight can pop wood panels and if the carpet is "bouncy" in a high traffic area things could get interesting.

    Remember 900kg is only 10 - 12 adult makes standing in that area. Not much to worry about ;)
     
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