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Old 01-26-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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litres vs uk gallon vs us gallon

i see alot of people use gallon but how can you tell which gallon you are using as the us gallon is 3.8 litres and the uk is 4.5 so if you got a 25g tank that is 95litres us and 112.5 uk 17.5 litres diff why cant we all use litres that way everyone knows what size you talking about. tell me what you use and why (if you can)
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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i see alot of people use gallon but how can you tell which gallon you are using as the us gallon is 3.8 litres and the uk is 4.5 so if you got a 25g tank that is 95litres us and 112.5 uk 17.5 litres diff why cant we all use litres that way everyone knows what size you talking about. tell me what you use and why (if you can)
I use litres as I'm a metric guy
And I must admit, there's a lot confusion for me to need to calculate to either of the gallons
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:06 AM   #3
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Well I'm in Australia so I use litres however when posting on here I convert to US gallons.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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why cant we all use litres that way everyone knows what size you talking about.
Why can't we all use US gallons, that way everyone knows what size you're talking about.

I use US gallons because I'm a US resident and that's what I learned as a child. It's a cultural thing. I have seen no reason to change to accommodate what other countries may use.

The only time it comes into play is in fish forums. I just google the conversion if I need to know in order to help someone.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:59 AM   #5
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Personally I think litres would be better.Most of the world embraces the metric system.Imperial measurements have had their day.Long live the metric system LOL
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
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Why can't we all use US gallons, that way everyone knows what size you're talking about.

I use US gallons because I'm a US resident and that's what I learned as a child. It's a cultural thing. I have seen no reason to change to accommodate what other countries may use.

The only time it comes into play is in fish forums. I just google the conversion if I need to know in order to help someone.
like you said you're us im uk so i got tought litres im just saying if someone said i got a 55g tank what g are they talking about? plus most of the shelf tanks are sold in litres and most of fish talk are starting to use metric im just saying it be a lot eaier if everyone used metric because most people know what their conversion is so if i got a 200lt tank you should know straight out your head thats a 52g tank wheres me thats a 44g that way everyone is happy
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It's really six of one, half dozen of another. Liters would be easier for you, it wouldn't be for me.

As I said, it's cultural. There's no reason we can't all just stick with what we learned as kids. It would be like if most people speak English (just an example), so everybody needs to speak English, so we all know what's being said. It's a pipe dream. Ain't gonna happen.
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like you said you're us im uk so i got tought litres im just saying if someone said i got a 55g tank what g are they talking about? plus most of the shelf tanks are sold in litres and most of fish talk are starting to use metric im just saying it be a lot eaier if everyone used metric because most people know what their conversion is so if i got a 200lt tank you should know straight out your head thats a 52g tank wheres me thats a 44g that way everyone is happy
I wouldn't say a lot easier for "everyone" maybe some people like to use gallons as were taught, just like you were taught other. Why should we have to change to accommodate others or vise versa? Stick with what you know and what's easier for the individual that's just my opinion.

This topic reminds me of, not sure how many are in the fire, police or other government type services. But they wanted us to go to a standard wording instead of the normal 10-4 type of codes. It was called NIMS, National Incident Management System. It worked for some and others it didn't.

Point being...

If it ain't broke... Why fix it?

Again JMO.
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Point being...

If it ain't broke... Why fix it?

Again JMO.
It may be broken though, since more and more people get confused
On the other hand I can't see it going anywhere with 'my way is better, do it my way' attitude, and that's what the discussion slowly turns into

I'm metric born and bred and then I came to UK which supposed to be metric since joining EU, except it isn't! And now I have to learn the US measurements as well-- imagine the headache I'm having

Anyway, my thought is to compromise, and I can't see it any other way, than clearly stating, which gallons we mean: whether UK or US.

...or switch to litres
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Haha yea I often fall victem to mistaking post about liters/gallons.

Im from the US and its hard being the only country that uses SAE
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