Tank question

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jorahx, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. jorahx

    jorahx Guest

    So I have a nuvo 20, it says 20 gallons but that's adding in the back compartment. I'm wondering if there is a way to measure how much actual display water I have. I know rock and sand will decrease that number farther.


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  2. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    There are volume calculators out there - Just measure the dimensions in question. What’s your concern?
     
  3. jorahx

    jorahx Guest

    I was looking up fish and they all have suggested tank sizes. And calculators for dosing seemed to be based off how much water you have. So figured it would be a good number to learn.


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  4. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

  5. The suggested size for fish is a rule of thumb and can be off depending on the source. It's also highly dependent on swimming room and other factors. You're best bet is ask on these boards. There's a lot of knowledge here and any fish you're considering has assuredly been kep by dozens of folks here and they can give you a good idea. I applaud the care you're taking to make sure you're a good caretaker of your livestock. It's unusual.
     
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  6. jorahx4

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  7. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Gotcha. For dosing, keep in mind that all tanks consume at different rates. Best to start on the low end for dosing and adjust upwards until reaching stable numbers. Also, remember stable is more important than hitting specific numbers.
     
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  8. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member


    These boards have been amazing! Ever since I figured out this tapatalk app I've been on my phone non stop reading and learning. I love how you guys are active on here.


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  9. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    Just FYI, you can take the total cubic inches and divide by 231 to give you the gallons. For example, if the tank was 48x30x19 (my tank dimensions) then there are 27,360 cubic inches. Then divide that by 231 and you get a little more that 118 gallons. If you want to get more accurate you can do things like take the interior dimensions, subtract overflow boxes, water level sand depth and such but you get the idea.
     
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  10. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    Thanks that’s a nice, easy to remember conversion.
     
  11. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Or cubic ft. Multiplied by 7.5 I think. Easier for me to do in my head
     
  12. Or you could ignore the exact math and research the species.
     
  13. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    Yep, doing that too. Went to a store today, saw some beautiful fish and been reading and learning up on them ever since.


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