Secure Your Aquarium For An Earthquake

AQUARIUM
VALUE $300
CONSEQUENCES DEAD FISH, WATER DAMAGE, BROKEN GLASS EVERYWHERE.
FIX NEEDED FURNITURE SAFETY STRAPS
COST TO FIX $10-$20 (Buy)

Goldfish do not weigh very much, but water weighs 8.33 pounds per gallon.

That means that the water in your 50 gallon aquarium is over 400 pounds of sloshy wetness.  What do you think will happen to it in an earthquake?

Take a few minutes to secure your fish tank, and your fine-finned friends will relive their days in the ocean currents in the next earthquake instead of dying a ghastly death from glass shards and suffocation.

TOOLS:

  • stud-finder
  • pencil
  • drill or screw driver
  • nylon earthquake refrigerator or heavy filing cabinet straps
  • rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes.

How to Secure Your Aquarium For an Earthquake:

1. Secure your aquarium cabinet or table to the wall.

  • Locate wall studs behind cabinet/table using stud finder and mark with a pencil.
  • Attach furniture straps to marked wall studs using drill or screw-driver.
  • Clean the surface of the fish tank where you plan to affix the Velcro with alcohol wipes and let air dry.
  • Attach furniture straps to cabinet/table with at least an inch and a half of give to allow for shaking.
  • Attach a second strap for even weight distribution.

Happy Fish Live in a Earthquake Secured Aquarium


Secure Your Fishtank for an Earthquake For Fishies Sake!2. Secure your fish tank to the wall.

  • Use your stud finder to find the wall studs that you plan to attach your earthquake straps.  Mark their location with a pencil.
  • Drill a 5/32” pilot hole through wallboard and into a stud at least 2” deep.  Position so the strap lines up from wall stud to refrigerator.
  • Place chosen grommet over drilled hole, leaving a bit of slack.
  • Place washer on screw then insert screw through hole in and into pilot hole.  Tighten screw into wall stud until washer and screw are flush against wall.
  • Clean the surface of the fish tank where you plan to affix the Velcro with alcohol wipes and let air dry.
  • Attach straps to fish tank with at least an inch and a half of give to allow for shaking.
  • Use two straps at either edge for even weight distribution.
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