anyone know how to calculate how many gallons in your tank

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    Does anyone know the correct calculation or formula to get the exact gallon in the tank?
     
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    length times width times depth of the water, then take that and devide by 231 and that gives you gallons.
     
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    How does one account for the Live Rock and sand?
     
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    well you could subtract for the sand, say if your tank is 48 long and 24 front to back and the sand is an average of 2 inches deep, then you could estimate that the sand is displacing (48*24*2)/231= 9.97 gallons.

    understand that the sand dosent displace all the water, cause the water can fit in the cracks between the grains, so i would guess with the #'s above that the sand is actually displacing something more like 7-8 gallons... give or take.

    as for the rock, its about the same process, estimate the size of the rock, figure its volume witht he above posted formula, and then subtract that from the tank volume...

    its not gonna be ultra precise ofcourse, but it'll give you an idea..
     
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    read the link i gave
     
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    thats a whole lot of words to say what i just explained in like 4 sentences....
     
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    HAHAHA thanks I was looking to use every bit of space under my stand(custom tank).....Im going to use the frame to stablize it and seal up the sides and I have a bigger better fuge and sump
     
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    so, whats your thought process on this, line the bottom of the stand with a pond liner?
     
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    No it will be glass Im just going to make it the size of the entire bottom of my stand.....It seems all my stuff is stuffed in a 29 gallon and I want a bigger fuge
    Just needed a idea how many gallons that would be....Thanks Ill get a build thread going as soon as I find a glass place close by
     
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