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I was wondering if it's safe to put a 55 gallon on a marble fireplace? Actually I'm not sure what kind stone this is. It seems strong enough, but is it strong enough to hold 500 Ibs of glass and water? Anyone know what's underneath a fireplace like this? It sounds hollow underneath. What's it made of and will it crack the stone?

The fireplace used to hold a whole bunch of junk, DVDs, ceramic knick knacks so I wanted to put something nice there. The fireplace is not in use.

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You want to put it infront of the fireplace? Hard to tell from that pic. I would say it looks Ok but if it's hollow inside then it might not hold it. Hard to tell from a picture
 

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I would remove the marble slate and get a stand and completely cover the fireplace.You won't need to bend down and you can easily hide your equipment.
 

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you can check with a stud finder if it is hollow. If it is hollow, I would not put it on there.
 

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it will give you an idea what is underneath (wood, metal bar, electrical wires etc). I think it is usually hollow under the fireplace but I'm not an expert.. :)
 

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There's likely some 2x4 framing under there based on what I can see from the drywall screws/nails. If I was guessing though, I suspect it would be strong enough for a 55 as long as everything was nice and even and level.
 

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I think best to get a stud finder. It will tell you what it is behind. Some fireplace will not have 2x4 underneath. The main thing you want to see is crossbeams under the marble. If they are there, it is strong enough. If not, I won't do it myself.
 
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