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Old 11-13-2012, 04:15 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the suggestions and help! Ive decided to leave things be the way I have them, but I also stepped down a little in tank size to a 75 gallon which lessens the weight a fair amount.

Ill post a few pics once done!

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #17
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at 160# per SqFt load, you don't need to do anything on a normal house floor.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:52 AM   #18
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If I were you, I would basically build a pier system underneath the loaded area of the floor. I would also connect the floor joists to the wall studs laterally.

Basically a laced post box system composed of 4 4x4s laced together has a safety factor of 32,000lbs. This would be more than adequate. This resists all 3 dimensions of load, as well as racking & twisting.

Like this..... just prettier http://www.flickr.com/photos/teex/4116014818/lightbox/

Or if you're feeling cheap, just use some diagonal bracing into the wall studs for added support.

EDIT: I see you changed your mind. Good luck with the tank !

I have my 55 gallon in the BASEMENT
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:28 AM   #19
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at 160# per SqFt load, you don't need to do anything on a normal house floor.
Agree. People stick over 1000# of full refrigerator on their kitchen floor and think nothing of it. I used to have a 2200# waterbed on 2 x 8 x14', 16" center floor joists. Had that up there for 15 years and never as much as a hairline crack in the plaster/lath cieling. Bed covered 6 floor joists.
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at 160# per SqFt load, you don't need to do anything on a normal house floor.
What house is designed with a 160# uniform live load?

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