Hey there, I'm new to the website and have been researching extensively in freshwater aquariums and aquascaping. Before I go any further I've been more importantly researching the structure of my house. That being said I'm aware that most people suggest placing your aquarium perpendicular to the floor joists as to support the most weight. In researching tank sizes and their relative weight when filled with water, substrate, fish and not to mention the stand. Considering all this I measured my "man cave" and where I'd like to place the tank/stand, then looked at the floor joists positions down stairs and found that if I put the tank parallel in the spot I chose it will sit right atop a joist on a load bearing wall in the smallest room in the house. I'm going to attempt to attach some pictures. Any insights on this is appreciated I'm very excited to start in this awsome hobby and I'm just trying to be as carefull and prepared as possible. Thanks for reply's.