Return to the Apartment Living Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
apartment 'pets'

Posted by tracey_b (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 17, 09 at 0:18

It's been a loooong time since I lived in an apartment, but we'll be moving across country soon and will need to rent while we look for a house to buy.

Anyone know if it'd be a problem to have a 55-gal aquarium in an upstairs apartment? We won't have much furniture (it'll all go into storage while we live "bare bones"), and surely some furniture can weigh as much as a full aquarium? I don't know if I need to try and find a home for my 3 10-yr-old goldfish or not. I know the sensible thing is to leave them behind, but..... I like my fish.

Thanks.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: apartment 'pets'

Hi tracey, recognize you from HD forum here ;-)

The answer to your question all depends on what your future Landlord will permit. I'm LL of houses, not apartments, but the one hindrance I see is potential water damage. I know this because I inherited a large aquarium from certain little people in my family whom I adore and cannot say "No" to (and they know this and use it to full advantage when they can. ;) So less than a month after I get the aquarium I wake up to the sound of water running. Thinking it's DH, I nod off to sleep again. Only suddenly it dawns on me it's the middle of the night, DH is snoring and that's the sound of a lot of water. Bolt out of bed, run to the source, sure enough, darn thing sprung a leak. Where the glass meets at a seam. And a big pool of water was spreading rapidly toward our furniture 5' away. It was like something out of the three stooges. I called DH to help me, I'm frantically mopping up water with towels, mops, you name it. Meanwhile DH is scooping up fish into a bucket and really not happy. All of this occurred on brand new flooring. Thankfully, we had picked a commercial grade hardwood look-alike with a rubber bottom side for moisture barrier/cushion, since it was being installed in our lower level over concrete. Seams were sealed tight, but DH grabbed his shop vac and hit all the seams just to be safe. It was a nightmare.

So, I get that you like your fish. ;) And I'd definitely make that one of your top questions when you're checking places. Imagine at ten yrs they're good size. Is there any way they can be temporarily housed in a large fish bowl - or very small aquarium (less gallons) if a pump is necessary? The lower gallons the better it will sound to potential LLs or Prop Mgrs. ;-)


 o
RE: apartment 'pets'

If you're negotiating with a landlord who has reservations about it, consider adding a cheap rider to your renter's insurance to cover any potential water damage (if it's not already covered in the basic policy).


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Apartment Living Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here