hi all, please help this noob out with regards to how to proceed.
I bought my first house with a complete based that was build in 1996. I’m a huge aquarium hobbyist and would like to put a large aquarium on the main floor. the aquarium, with water and everything, will be roughly 2500lb but if you add people and whatnot, i will round it up to 3000lb for the sake of simplicity. the aquarium will sit in parallel with the joists and will be sitting on AT MOST 2 joists.
when i went to my basement, i discovered that the joists are engineered i-beams. but here’s the problem: whoever build the house made large cutouts in the i-beams. at least 2 large holes per i-beam. is this structurally safe? how do i go about and reinforce it so that the floor can support the aquarium? the aquarium is 6ft x 2ft. the ibeams are 11-7/8 inch with 19 inch spacing. the holes are just shy of 9 inches in diameter.
1st pic: showing size of the large cutout
2nd pic: showing at least 2 large cutouts per i-beam