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Old 10-21-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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Tank size help needed...

Can anyone tell me how to measure and calculate a bowfront tank to find out the volume (gallons)?
I bought a tank and was told it was a 50 gallon. I'm not sure it actually is and I just dumped enough salt in for a 50g.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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For all us lazy people who don't want to do math there are handy online water volume calculators! I just googled this and tested it by entering my dimensions (tank is rectangular) to see if it works and it does. There are hundreds of water volume calculating websites for bowfronts..this is just one I found. Aquarium System Volume Calculator Is it really 50?
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:34 AM   #3
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It's probably a 46
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:38 AM   #4
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46s are 36" and the next size up are 72s which are 48"
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Ok I got 36 gallons on one site, and 40 gallons on that site you posted. Which I think is accurate because it factored in the two different widths of the bow shape..

The measurements of the tank are...

Length- 30.5
Width- 16.5*
Height- 21
Side- 11

* Widest part of tank, front of bow.
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Is it a corner or a rectangle with the front glass bowed because the next size down would be the 36 and that sounds correct
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Rectangle. So it's a 36?!

I just put in enough salt for a 50 gallon :/
Yup got scammed by a 15 year old. Paid $150 for it. Just the tank!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:54 AM   #8
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Rectangle. So it's a 36?!

I just put in enough salt for a 50 gallon :/
Yup got scammed by a 15 year old. Paid $150 for it. Just the tank!!!!!!!!
Ouch! Ya I try not to pay more then $1 a gallon for tank $2 if its tank and stand
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:57 AM   #9
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Ya I thought it was a great deal at the time bc the size couldn't be any more perfect for my room. So this tank has dbl the salt do I just empty half the tank and fill again?
How long does it cycle for ? And what's the purpose?
Is it just letting the water run through the filter?
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:02 AM   #10
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You can remove some water and ad some Ro/Di water back in to lower the salinity. Do you have a refractometer or hydrometer? The cycle is to build up a colony of BB (beneficial bacteria) to convert the waste in your tank through the nitrogen cycle
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