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rubberbandman185
06/04/2004, 05:14 PM
Would you recommend a 75 gallon tank for someone living in a modular home?

Doug
06/09/2004, 11:09 PM
Hi rubberbandman185,

I am not sure what you mean by a modular home? I assume it is a pre-fabricated type home? Are you worried about the support issues with the weight of the tank?

Please let me know a little more information and I will try to help out.

rubberbandman185
06/10/2004, 03:33 PM
Yes, it is a double wide trailer, and i am worried about the weight of the tank on the floor. Around what size tank/gallon would you recommend? I want at least a 75-90 gallon. Please help!

Doug
06/10/2004, 09:31 PM
I would not want to suggest that a certain sized tank would be okay and have it fall through your floor but I can give you some weight estimates of my 75g and 90g tanks.

I suggest, before you install any large tank, you consult a professional structural engineer. I would assume that you would need some support under your floor since I think most of the trailer floors are metal frame with plywood.

Here are some estimates and your values will go up or down depending upon how you load your tank.

A 75g AGA tank weighs around 150lbs dry and a 90g weighs around 170lbs dry. Just the water alone is approximately 8lbs per gallon so a 75g would be near 600lbs and the 90g would be near 720lbs. The standard pine stands for both the 75g and 90g weigh around 50lbs. I had close to 150lbs of rock in my 75g tank so I would guess the total weight was upward of 900lbs when all filled with water and rock.

I know it is a pain in the neck to have someone check out your floor but I would not want to see you loose your tank or you get hurt if your floor collapses.