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7.3 Earthquake vs. 60 gallon aquarium [video]

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 21, 2011 10:00 AM
Find out what happens to a full 60 gallon glass aquarium during a simulated major earthquake and why tank owners in earthquake zones should secure their aquariums to their walls.

Two identical 60 gallon glass tanks are filled with water and placed side-by-side on an earthquake simulation platform.  One tank is secured to the wall with furniture straps while the other is left freestanding.  Flip on the switch and you can probably guess what happens next. The most obvious lesson is to secure your aquarium to your wall.  Aquarium joints are also surprisingly strong (even mass-produced 60 gallons with thin glass).

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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