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Old 06-03-2011, 10:54 AM   #1 
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Question Earthquakes and Aquariums

This question is for all the 'quake prone aquarists on the forum...

Do you do anything special to protect your tanks from quakes?
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:24 PM   #2 
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I haven't done anything special to mine. We had a 5.3 earthquake here a few years ago but nothing got damaged.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:29 AM   #3 
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Thanks Dramaqueen...

I've been wondering if any special precautions are taken in quake prone areas... fastening the stand and tank down somehow... just curious....
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I think it's definitely important to secure large aquariums (40g and up) by fastening them to the wall or something but overall I'm not sure what can be done to earthquake proof a small tank short of gluing it to the table. And even then, pieces of ceiling etc can pretty much shatter the tank in a big one. But now that you mention, I'm right in earthquake central here and I didn't even think about it.
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Sakura8,

"I'm right in earthquake central here and I didn't even think about it."

I supposed if there was a method or system available to supress tank failure in an earthquake, your local pet stores would be trying to sell it to you, lol...
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #6 
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Probably. I can just imagine it. "New and Improved Earthquake-Proof Tank! Glass Won't Shatter! Stand Won't Tip Over! Guaranteed to Make It Through Quake Even if Your House Doesn't!"
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acrylic tanks?
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:50 PM   #8 
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cajunamy,

I think they'd still shatter when they hit the floor, because of the weight of the water and stuff inside...

I was thinking maybe if the stands were bolted to the floor and the tanks had been strapped to the stand, they would be more likely not to tip over. You still could lose the tank from falling debris, etc., but a major failure is less likely (theoretically speaking).
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What if you covered the tank in styrofoam? The foam would protect tank from falling debris and hold it together if it cracked. Of course, this would only work during the earthquake.
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*sigh*

If only you could pre-plan your 8.0 tremblors, the styrofoam idea might, uh, work?

Okay, so I suppose in an earthquake, smashed tanks are the least of everyone's worries...

...unless you have tanks at a university or large public aquarium, or a serious collector/breeder of rare species.

Surely, someone SOMEWHERE has invested serious money in their fish and is trying to prevent specimen & equipment loss due to earthquake, especially along the Pacific rim...
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