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Posts posted by chewie

  1. Build the stand, put the tank on it and put a level perpendicular on the top of the tank. 

    Bounce on either side of the long end of the tank and see if the bubble moves. 

    If so, I'd consider other options. If not, fill it with freshwater and repeat  

    It doesn't look like much foot traffic will be going on next to your tank the way your desks are set up but it would concern me if the tank will shift weight frequently due to the design of the stand. Cam lock fasteners are fine under normal conditions but prolonged weight shifting will loosen/stretch them out over time.

    I have a Reefer 525, I worry about that on mine. It sits perpendicular on 3, 2 x 12 joists and a 4 x 8 beam. It rocks ever so slightly when full with my 230lb tookus  bouncing in front of the tank. No running going on in my living room!




  2. Scott brings up a great point about the thickness of the decking. That definitely helps spread the load but I still would be worried if it were my tank/house. 

    Keep in mind that I am not a structural engineer. Without vertical support, any perpendicular supports underneath would be useless anyway. The foor should hold the tank up, no problem. The issue is  rocking side to side...

  3. It all depends on how much you want to spend/do. 

    If the tank is centered over the joist, you want to spread that weight across at least 1 more joist.  Preferably 2. 

    You can add supports under the tank that run perpendicular to the joists and then add floor jacks to give more support. Knowing nothing about your homes construction I can't say for sure though. 

    I would definitely look into it....

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