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Old 05/11/2006, 04:38 PM   #1
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how much does 1 gallon of SALT water weigh?.

The reason why i ask is, i have this table thats made out of cherry oak and i wanted to used it for a 29gallon tank, i dont want the table to collapse so im trying to figure out the weight per gallon of Salt water.


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Old 05/11/2006, 04:39 PM   #2
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you can say 9 lbs a gallon...


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Old 05/11/2006, 04:42 PM   #3
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http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B0000ZU6S6

heres the table i have. The tank is a 29 gallon TruVu, and is going to have a deepsand bed with very light stocking of LR ( for a mantis ).


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Old 05/11/2006, 04:56 PM   #4
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Re: how much does 1 gallon of SALT water weigh?.

1 gallon of RO water = 8.33 lbs
1 gallon of SG 1.027 water = 1.027 x 8.33 = 8.55lbs



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Old 05/11/2006, 04:57 PM   #5
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That table doesn't look like it's going to hold up very long with 300+ lbs on top of it.
Have you tried standing on top of it?. That might give you an idea of how sturdy it is.


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:04 PM   #6
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Hmmm.... looks like an accident waiting to happen ( and that time would be when you are at work, had the worst day and walk into a horrifying site!!! )


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:07 PM   #7
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A sheet of paper can hold a tremendous amount of weight if if the edges are held right. From a weight standpoint I dont think I would worry too much. What about the sturdiness of the legs. Does it rock a little when you nudge the table?
Use common sense.....

LOL, just saw the table, and now I am changing my mind kinda flimsy....


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:22 PM   #8
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ok i am 210 lbs and i stood on top of it jumping up and down no problems. then my wife 143lbs AND me sat on top of the table and rocked around and still no problems. The tank is 12inchs W and the table s 15inchs in W. so the table had a tottall of 353lbs on top of it and didnt budge. It is solid wood.


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:33 PM   #9
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My guess is that is was OK before for a tank that doesn't jump up and down and rock side to side, but that you two just weakened it to the point of impending failure.


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:36 PM   #10
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Seriously though, I think you will ruin that nice piece of furniture via spills and drips. It's 44" wide, and your 30" wide tank weight won't be evenly distributed, but more centered. I'll bet it will sag over time and affect the opening/closing of those drawers.

Get something made specifically to support a tank and deal with the moisture exposure.


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:44 PM   #11
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Its best to err on the side of caution. It may be fine initially but over time plus water spills... I would also bet the wood top is pine with either an oak or cherry stain and much of the rest an OSB. I don't think there is much at Target or any similar store that stands the test of time. I'd hate to see a future thread saying "Don't use this table!"


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:50 PM   #12
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haha, son of a **** i spent 100 bucks on this table and now ive got no use for it. Target doesnt manufacture the table, the table is imported and they distribute it. Any how i guess ill be looking for a aquarium stand. Any one know where i can find a stand for a 29 gallon 30x12x18 tall?. And does any one want a nice table?.


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Old 05/11/2006, 05:58 PM   #13
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Test it. Fill it up with sand and let it sit for a day or two. If it holds up remove sand and add water.

General rule of thumb is 10 lbs per gallon of aquarium capacity.

29 gallon would be about 300 when filled and rocks/sand added.


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Old 05/11/2006, 06:03 PM   #14
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jmlee, i had one of those tables. The legs are pretty sturdy, I thinhk it's got two metal bolts per leg right? Must sturdier than most stands you'll see at petco petsmart that's for sure!!!

Should be no problem for the tank, except you'll end up putting things on the extra space on the edge and pretty soon it's all clustered up.


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