Concerned over weight of a fish tank

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Found 1st Feb 2009
Im looking to invest in a 6ft aquarium which holds 560L of water and i live on a second floor flat, the floors are contcrete probably 5 inches thick? would this be able to hold the weight of my aquarium?

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No one here knows the answer to your question.

Should it? Yes.
Will it? Who knows.

1l of water = 1kg therefore you will have 560kg water + aquarium and stand weight.
i would suggest placing the stand on a sheet of half inch to 3/4 inch ply to distribute the weight evenly you should be fine.

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thesaint;4254399

No one here knows the answer to your question.Should it? Yes.Will it? Who … No one here knows the answer to your question.Should it? Yes.Will it? Who knows.



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that was quite funny for you Saint...kudos :thumbsup:

I wouldn't even know where to begin; where would you find out?

Surely this has to win 'Post of the day':

lil_tiger;4254401

Why dont you get something that weighs the same...or build up to the … Why dont you get something that weighs the same...or build up to the amount...like paving slabs or bricks and see what happens then at least there isn't water and dead fish everywhere



Just dead people in the flat below covered in paving slabs and bricks!!!

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loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool


QUALITY :w00t::w00t::w00t:

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ODB_69;4254416

+1that was quite funny for you Saint...kudos :thumbsup:



Nah. That wasn't funny

Trickyjabs;4254424

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But this was.:thumbsup:

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Deleted....blonde moment before bed thought it would help to build the weight up....didn't think of the neighbours!!!

Trickyjabs;4254424

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LOL.

It supports the weight of a bath...

Original Poster

lol the bath holds less than my 4ft aquarium, thats been alright

dark_like_vader;4254592

lol the bath holds less than my 4ft aquarium, thats been alright



Bath + water + you

jah128;4254473

It supports the weight of a bath...



That is a very good point, so obvious but I missed it. Accept some rep.:thumbsup:

Explain the situation with your neighbour on the ground floor and see if he / she wants to swap flats

If they don't, they deserve fishy water down their walls

Just dont put the water in it, should be fine then

Is the aquarium 6ft long? How wide is it? What's the weight of the empty tank? And what are you placing it on, i.e. a stand, table etc?

If you're placing it up against a wall, and assuming that the wall downstairs is load-bearing, then you should be fine. But like a previous poster suggested, you might want to put something underneath to ensure that the load is spread evenly over the area of the tank.

Original Poster

http://www.ndaquatics.co.uk/pics/144.jpg

here she is 6x2x2

To be honest, if the (presumably 18mm chipboard) cabinet takes the half-ton weight of the water above it, I reckon its pretty likely that the 5" of concrete will!

The aquarium is on a concrete base! If my cabinets with my carp in can stand on my wooden floorboards without going through - I imagine the aquarium should be fine.

Oh yes - and my cabinets - full of my carp, also has a smaller aquarium standing on it!

Butterflies;4268199

The aquarium is on a concrete base! If my cabinets with my carp in can … The aquarium is on a concrete base! If my cabinets with my carp in can stand on my wooden floorboards without going through - I imagine the aquarium should be fine. Oh yes - and my cabinets - full of my carp, also has a smaller aquarium standing on it!



Do you actually mean carp (like the fish) or are you just getting by the swear filter? :giggle:

yeap swear filter - lol

LMAO - No carp in my little tank!

From that it looks like there's 6 little strips below the aquarium that are taking the load, so on the basis of a 560L (560kg) tank that's 93kg each, say 100kg to be safe.
If the strips are 2ft long by say 2 inches, then you have a total weight of approx. 3200kg per square metre, which in turn works out around just over 3g per square mm.

In short, it should be fine on a 5 inch thick concrete deck.

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Original Poster

thanks guys

what size tank you upgrading from?

Original Poster

4x2x1
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