16 on center sounds about right to me for walls; on floors im not sure it all depends on the apartment and how it was constructed. best way to find out woudl be to use a stud finder, but i never tried that on a floor before. lol. i dont see why it wouldnt work. and if i was on a second floor i woldnt put a 210 in. id take the time and invest ona ground floor apartment and then proceed.juniormc8704 said:they usually dont let 2nd floor renters at all, and if they do limit the gallons to pretty small. but to answer the question, if it a new place, yes the floor would hold, but locate your floor joists if possible, and put it over as many as possible. which i believe are 16 on center? just throwing that out there, theres enough builders on here to correct me if im wrong.
it would be the safest bet to do so imo. although both would sound safe to me-the first floor sounds safer as a 210g tank is going to way well over 210 pds lol.saltyspartan said:Thanks for the input. I am actually moving in a few months and that would be the time i would convert the tanks. I think im simply just going to grab a 1st floor apartment wherever I go, just checking my bases.
Except that a 210 gallon is going to weigh 1750 pounds. Which may or may not be a problem depending on how the joists are oriented since it'll probably end up being around 125 pounds/sq. ft. But bear in mind that is a dead load compared to a live load and can cause problems to occur over time.i was jsut thinking that some people weigh over 210 pds and move which creates more stress on joists then otherwise and im sure they would be using a steel support system on the frame for a building that is like so. i dont see why a 210 wouldnt work.
Take some advice from a guy that had a 180gal in his apartment not too long ago.saltyspartan said:Hey everyone,
right now I am wanting to upgrade my 46g Bow to a 120g + sump but the only concern is im a apartment renter... can a 120 be supported safely in a 2nd flr apartment??