Floor Load

Floor load, as mentioned earlier, is the weight of the aquarium per square foot of footprint. In a typical frame house, floors support 100 pounds per square foot. If the tank you choose exceeds this limit, you must install additional support below to avoid an accident. A sixty-gallon hexagonal tank, for example, weighs about 600 pounds when full. Dividing by its 4.5 square-foot base gives 134 pounds per square foot. This tank would require additional support. How you position the tank relative to the floor's construction also matters. If the floor joists run parallel to the wall against which the tank sits, all the weight will be supported only by the single joist nearest the wall. On the other hand, if the joists run perpendicular to the wall, the tank will be supported by more than one joist, a sturdier arrangement.

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