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  1. xavier

    xavier Large Fish

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    Hey guys,

    I was wondering how much do fish tanks weigh on average?

    Does anyone have weight per gallon ratios?
    Obviously one would have to factor in sub strait, rocks, stands and a few other factors.

    Reason I ask is that since I someday would love to have a huge tank around the 160g - 249 range.

    It would stand to reason that putting that kind of weight on a wood surface can do damage over time. At least it would seem so.
     


  2. brian1973

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  3. xavier

    xavier Large Fish

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    wow! while I had some idea I was way off as to what these puppys weigh.

    here is that list

    Now has anyone ever done damage to there floors and if so how big of a tank was it?


    Small Aquariums
    (not recommended for beginners)
    Size L x W x H Filled Weight
    2 1/2 gallon 12 3/16 x 6 1/8 x 8 1/8 27 lbs
    5 gallon 16 3/16 x 8 3/8 x 10 1/2 62 lbs
    10 gallon Leader 20 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 12 9/16 111 lbs
    15 gallon High 20 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 18 3/4 170 lbs
    20 gallon X-High 20 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 23 3/4 232 lbs
    10 gallon Long 24 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 12 5/8 116 lbs
    15 gallon Show 24 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 16 5/8 170 lbs

    Mid-sized Aquariums
    Size L x W x H Filled Weight
    15 gallon 24 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 3/4 170 lbs
    20 gallon High 24 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 16 3/4 225 lbs
    25 Gallon 24 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 20 3/4 282 lbs
    30 X-High 24 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 24 3/4 340 lbs
    20 gallon Long 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 3/4 225 lbs
    29 gallon 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 18 3/4 330 lbs
    37 gallon 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 22 3/4 415 lbs
    26 Flatback 36 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 16 5/8 300 lbs
    23 Long 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 13 253 lbs
    30 Gallon 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 16 3/4 343 lbs
    38 Gallon 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 19 3/4 427 lbs
    45 Gallon 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 23 3/4 515 lbs
    30 gallon Breeder 36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 12 15/16 348 lbs
    40 gallon Breeder 36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 16 15/16 458 lbs

    Large Aquariums
    Size L x W x H Filled Weight
    50 gallon 36 7/8 x 19 x 19 5/8 600 lbs
    65 gallon 36 7/8 x 19 x 24 5/8 775 lbs
    33 gallon Long 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 12 7/8 382 lbs
    40 gallon Long 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 455 lbs
    45 gallon Long 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 19 510 lbs
    55 Gallon 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 21 625 lbs
    60 Gallon 48 3/8 x 12 7/8 x 23 7/8 710 lbs
    80 X-High 48 7/8 x 14 x 30 3/4 990 lbs
    75 gallon 48 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 21 3/8 850 lbs
    90 gallon 48 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 25 3/8 1050 lbs
    110 X-High 48 7/8 x 19 x 30 3/4 1320 lbs
    120 Gallon 48 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 25 1/2 1400 lbs
    100 Gallon 72 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 19 3/8 1150 lbs
    125 gallon 72 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 23 3/8 1400 lbs
    150 gallon 72 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 28 1/2 1800 lbs
    180 Gallon 72 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 25 5/8 2100 lbs

    Hexagon tanks L x W x H Filled Weight
    10 Hexagon 14 1/2 x 12 9/16 x 18 3/4 110 lbs
    20 Hexagon 18 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 20 5/8 220 lbs
    35 Hexagon 23 1/4 x 20 3/16 x 24 3/4 390 lbs
    60 Hexagon 27 1/4 x 24 1/8 x 29 1/2 750 lbs
     
  4. FalseBandit15

    FalseBandit15 Small Fish

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    empty.....


    The general rule without going crazy by dimensions and junk is 10lbs for every 1 gallon of water.

    This rule is a general rule and is only used on empty tanks, obviously having substrate and other things in the tank will add to it but you can get a general idea how much your tank weighs that way.
     
  5. jediinthedark

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    You don't need to count the weight of substrate, rocks, and fish becuase things weigh less in the water.


    Hopefully everyone knows that was a joke.*twirlysmi
     
  6. MissFishy

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    Most floors can support regular sized tanks, however, if you're going with a 55g or larger, I would definitely make sure your floors will hold it. Check your support beams to make sure the location will be stable. Last thing you want is a hole in the floor!
     
  7. d3sc3n7

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    Also, just a note...if you put your stand on a piece of plywood or something along those lines (would be ugly, I know). However, it would distribute the weight over a much larger area of the floor
     
  8. Cichlid-Man

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    Ditto. Currently i have my tanks running across the floor joists in my room. So they make a T. Tank is the top section of the T and the floor joists are the lower half of the T. You'd probably want to do the same thing with larger tanks so they can span across multiple supports.

    Largest tank i've carried by myself empty is a 55gal. :p
     
  9. MikeS

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    It took four of us struggling to move my 210 empty. Backed the truck up on the lawn almost to the front door and luckily going in that first room. I hope I never move :eek:
     
  10. xavier

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    Mike...
    Wow I have no idea how one would relocate a 210 to a new house.
    I mean between moving that much weight empty to some how putting that amount of water in buckets plus the live fish themselves in a matter that would keep them safe. Then one would think that you would have to race time to make sure that the good bacteria stays alive. Yea I too hope you never move!
     
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    a crapload!!! *laughingc
     
  12. exhumed07

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    with that being said the moving the fish is not that hard. u can easily transport them in tank water accross the country. BASS PRO and CABELAS sell insulated airated buckets for bait fish. u can use one of them to put the fish in along with say the filter media and some gravel to keep the bacteria alive. for the tank itself I hope no one ever askes me to help them with one that size lol
     
  13. khisanthax

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    *Begins making emergency backup plans*
     
  14. xavier

    xavier Large Fish

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    exhumed07

    wow thats a great idea, i never plan on moving more then a few dozen mile from where i live if i do but thats is great to know!
     
  15. s_anthony

    s_anthony Large Fish

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    I would love to have a 200 gal tank... the nice thing about the house we bought is that my first floor room is my fishtank room - and it is solid concrete flooring! Don't have to worry about any weight issues there :)

    I would love to have tanks upstairs, but we have a 105 year old house, so I'm concerned with any weight on any floor above the first. Not to mention some of the house is still on knob and tube wiring (that hopefully will be gone this summer) and I'm definitely NOT putting any of my tanks on that mess.
     
  16. supra1997

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    Yeah I've been told 8lbs per gallon. But I know first hand when I had my 125 gallon that these damn things are heavy without water!!!

    I had about 115 lbs of gravel, and about 35lbs of stone for the fish. And a huge piece of driftwood. I emptied it to the bare bottom, and moved it with a friend. OMG it was heavy as hell!!!!

    But my DIY wood stand held it, so that was good!
     
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