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    How large can an upstairs aquarium be?

    How do you determine what size aquarium is safe to on the second floor of your house?

    I currently have a 75 gallon aquarium upstairs in my game room. One end is toward the front of the house and the other is toward the back of the house, so I am guessing that it is parallel with the floor joists. I would like to replace it with a 135, but don't want to create problems with the extra weight.

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    I had a fish room upstairs that had 4 tank on each wall with no problem a two 75 gal a 90 and a 42 gal tall.
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    Thanks Willie... once concern I have is that all of the weight will be in one place and not spread around like your fish room.

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    i would check your beams in the floors and spread the weight across.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballinxalex View Post
    i would check your beams in the floors and spread the weight across.
    How do you do that unless you open up some sheet rock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptran View Post
    How do you do that unless you open up some sheet rock?
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    What should I be looking for with the stud finder? Well, studs of course, but what will it tell me?

    I'm fairly certain the joists go from front to back of the house since that would be the shorter run for them. The aquarium sits against a side wall in the game room, so it is most likely parallel with the joists.

    On the first floor directly below, a wall exists in the same place as the wall above, that separates the kitchen from the dining room. I have no idea if the wall is load bearing.

    I'm starting to think that it is not a good idea to increase the aquarium size. Its just that bigger is always better!
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    i would never recommend putting a big tanks upstairs anyways. but using the stud finder u can find where the studs are and find the direction of the studs and you can also just put a sticker on the floor where u get a hit on the stud finder so get a visual view.

    haha bigger is always better but can lead to future problems if your not properly supported.
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    Thank you for the suggestions...

    Was hoping to replace the 75 gallon African Cichlid (Malawi) aquarium with a larger one, but it probably is not a good idea. I may be able to squeeze something like a 180 into my family room. I already have my living/dining rooms dedicated to large aquariums.
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    Stud finder is used to penetrate sheet rock since it's upstairs I'm assuming he has carpet even tiles it wouldn't work properly.

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