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I have a 125 gallon aquarium on a second floor right above the garage. All my walls are load bearing walls so they should support the weight. Also, the tank is currently half full with my turtles until their new home is ready.
 

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Maxwell Lehrich said:
I have a 125 gallon aquarium on a second floor right above the garage. All my walls are load bearing walls so they should support the weight. Also, the tank is currently half full with my turtles until their new home is ready.
Walls are load bearing but I don't think the floor is. Water weighs 8lbs/gallon. That's a lot of weight on a second floor especially since the tank itself is a few hundred lbs. I would recommend moving it a lower level if possible, if not I would recommend reinforcing the floor.
 

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Maxwell Lehrich said:
I have a 125 gallon aquarium on a second floor right above the garage. All my walls are load bearing walls so they should support the weight. Also, the tank is currently half full with my turtles until their new home is ready.
So, describe your problem? Cracking sounds? Did you inspect the tank stand and supporting wood below the tank stand in the garage? If you think the floor or stand are failing, those are the first, most logical things to do.
 

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Is the floor meant to be living space or storage space ?
Single bay garage or double ?
 

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You are looking at approximately 1300lbs not including the decorations. Not recommended for normal floors, they must be reinforced.
 

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If you have the space in the garage under where the tank is you could put a beam with some posts or build a closet under it.
 
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danhutchins said:
Walls are load bearing but I don't think the floor is. Water weighs 8lbs/gallon. That's a lot of weight on a second floor especially since the tank itself is a few hundred lbs. I would recommend moving it a lower level if possible, if not I would recommend reinforcing the floor.
I appreciate your help. Funny enough, o figured out that it was my heater since it makes a clicking sound when it turn on or off

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So, describe your problem? Cracking sounds? Did you inspect the tank stand and supporting wood below the tank stand in the garage? If you think the floor or stand are failing, those are the first, most logical things to do.
Yes I did. We had a structural engineer take a look and at the floor joists, and beams, and walls. He said it should be fine. But funny enough, I just figured out that it was my heater's relay when it turns off or on

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Is the floor meant to be living space or storage space ?
Single bay garage or double ?
Meant to be a living space. Single bay
 

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Maxwell Lehrich said:
I appreciate your help. Funny enough, o figured out that it was my heater since it makes a clicking sound when it turn on or off
Thank goodness, would have been a bad day if the tank went through the floor.
 
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danhutchins said:
You are looking at approximately 1300lbs not including the decorations. Not recommended for normal floors, they must be reinforced.
I 100% agree. Our structural engineer inspected, and said it's perfectly fine to carry the load. However I sometimes have nightmares about the floor giving way. Same with my parents. They are having support beams installed under my floor

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If you have the space in the garage under where the tank is you could put a beam with some posts or build a closet under it.
Exactly what my parents have planned. I will be able to think straight after that, and fill my tank up all the way
 

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Maxwell Lehrich said:
Yes I did. We had a structural engineer take a look and at the floor joists, and beams, and walls. He said it should be fine. But funny enough, I just figured out that it was my heater's relay when it turns off or on
That's a relief!:;bananared
 
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danhutchins said:
Thank goodness, would have been a bad day if the tank went through the floor.
It would be devastating, load bearing wall next to the tank would be destroyed, that would make my parents room collapse

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That's a relief!
For sure! It may be worth the $100 to replace my heaters with ones that don't give me a heart attack
 

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Maxwell Lehrich said:
For sure! It may be worth the $100 to replace my heaters with ones that don't give me a heart attack
Yep! Heart attacks go for about $500,000. Much cheaper to replace the heater, lol!
 

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