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Old 02-03-2009, 08:39 PM   #1
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Aquarium needs to go parallel to joists, how do i reinforce?


I am putting in a 125 gallon tank. The only place for the tank is going parallel to the floor joists. I know that is not recomended, but it is the only place it will fit. The joists are 2x8, and span a total of about 30 feet. They are 16" apart. In the middle it is supported by boards and support collums(see pics) so it is split into 15 foot spans. My tank will be in the middle of the 15 foot span. I assume i could just put 1 or 2 support jacks in the middle of the 15 foot span, but that is in the middle of my basement workshop so i would like to hear is there is something more space friendly. Here are some pics.

Tank will sit mostly on the first joist, and hopefully also over some os the joist closest to the cold air return-


This is where the ends of the joists are supported-



This is the center support-


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Aquarium needs to go parallel to joists, how do i reinforce?


I put my 125g tank right over the main support beam

I think you would need to build a beam support out that would support multiple floor joists. How far depends upon the size of the work area you want to avoid

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