Tank Weight

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Kristie Bivens, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Kristie Bivens

    Kristie BivensNew MemberMember

    Stupid question...I'm being paranoid.

    We live in a cape cod, basement, main floor, upper loft bedroom. We have a 65 gal and a 28 gal in the living room on the main level. Also on the main level in a bedroom in the back of the house we have 2 10 gals, 20 gal, and 2 5 gals.

    My question: is that toooo much weight? I just keep imaging the floor caving in and all those poor fish dying.

  2. omordn

    omordnValued MemberMember

    I'm not sure about the structure of your home, but there is an online tool that can give you the weight of your tanks.


    Maybe this can help you out.
  3. Rover

    RoverNew MemberMember

    A 65 Gallon tank will weigh around 800 lbs fully loaded. Most floors are made to hold considerably more then that, but its worth considering! You know your property better then anyone, if you suspect it was built well you are probably fine. I wouldn't risk a shelf of tanks in one spot without bringing in an engineer though

  4. OP
    Kristie Bivens

    Kristie BivensNew MemberMember

    Thanks I'll check this out

    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 20, 2017
  5. mohican

    mohicanNew MemberMember

    Also, the floor joists will hold (and distribute weight) considerable more weight if they are running perpendicular under the tank. This spreads the weight over multiple joists vs just 1-2 alone.
  6. OP
    Kristie Bivens

    Kristie BivensNew MemberMember

    We have the tanks all along the walls. Most of my basement is unfinished so I can see where the joists are. I told you I was being paranoid. I was in the kitchen and I kept hearing cracking noises and I started thinking OH NO!!! I just needed a little reassurance!!!
  7. shiv234

    shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    usually its 1 gallon=10 pounds
  8. OP
    Kristie Bivens

    Kristie BivensNew MemberMember

    I think we're in trouble. LOL. Thanks
  9. MelloYello

    MelloYelloValued MemberMember

    8.3 pounds

    I would probably talk to the land lord (if your renting). But if your not I would agree with @Rover and I would contact a engineer if you are supper worried about it... Also is the floor creaking all on its own???

    In this video you can see how much water it takes to colapse the floor, so I think you could be pretty safe.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 21, 2017
  10. OP
    Kristie Bivens

    Kristie BivensNew MemberMember

    Wow!!! That's a lot of water. That eased my mind. Thanks for sending that.
  11. MelloYello

    MelloYelloValued MemberMember

    No problem!

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