Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
Yes it is very different. You don't know how many people will impulse buy a tank and then get it home and it doesn't fit anywhere in the house, and with large tanks they don't realize they screwed up until the floor gives way to the weight and they have a loss of the tank and structural damage to the house or apt. When this happens it's too late to advise them to check thing out first. I heard one sales person tell a buyer of a 500 gallon tank that it would be fine in the house because they could put a refrigerator on the floor where they wanted to put the tank. ( Wrong, wrong , wrong ) Appliances do not weigh over 1000 lbs to start with and not even filled. Look at the width and length of a fridge, and then look at the size of a tank you are putting on that space. Yes the space will displace the weight to some extent. But if the floor is not reinforced to take the weight, Well then you have a disaster that won't take long to happen.
I think this is why I'm putting all my large tanks and breeders in the basement on a concrete floor and all shelving or racks will be designed to take at least 5000 lbs on each level. We have a house that was built back in 1900 it is now 120 years old. the construction at that time was done to last for ever, our foundation is brick and they are laid length wise end to end 4 bricks thick. This house will never come apart. Even so I would never put a tank larger than 29 gallon on a stand in one of our rooms up stairs. (plus my wife tells me I have enough tanks up stairs and I can't put any more in any other room but the office. )( I have now put 10 5.5 and 1 10 gallon in the office. Now I need to get busy and get the basement done before the spring comes. )) LOL.