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# How to calculate the volume of the aquarium in liters

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## How to calculate aquarium volume :: aquarium volume calculator :: Equipment and accessories

Volume of your aquarium – This is the starting point for a dozen calculations. The type and quantity of fish and plants, the filter and heater characteristics, the dosage of medicines and fertilizers necessary for the successful functioning of your home ecosystem depend on the volume. How often beginner aquarists are guided by the figure indicated in the factory characteristics of the reservoir and are mistaken, sometimes irreparably for their pets.

If you want to turn your aquarium into a real underwater kingdom, you will have to start with mathematics.

1. If your tank is a parallelogram, you need to measure its width, depth and length from the outside and record these values.

2. Now you have to calculate the internal dimensions. To do this, measure the thickness of the tank wall, multiply by two and subtract the resulting figure from each measurement. For example, wall thickness aquarium 0.5 centimeters.

You need to subtract a centimeter from the outer length to find the inner length.

3. Translate centimeters to meters and calculate the volume aquarium, using internal measurements. Multiply the length by the width and height, and you get the volume in cubic meters.

4. Now convert cubic meters to liters. In one cubic meter one thousand liters.

5. Take a standard 50 liter aquarium with a wall thickness of 0.5 centimeters and the following external dimensions of 54x27x35 centimeters. Its internal dimensions will be equal to 53x26x34 centimeters.

We subtracted 1 centimeter from each measurement, the wall thickness aquarium, multiplied by two. Its volume in cubic meters will be 0.54 x 0.26 x 0.35 = 0.0491 centimeters or 49 liters.

6. It would seem that the difference of 1 liter is not so significant, but this volume corresponds to the amount of water poured into the aquarium to the very edges and only if there is nothing else in the tank. If we do not add water to the edge aquarium at 3 centimeters, then it is still 0.5 liters less water. How do we know this?

Multiplying the bottom area by the height from the water surface to the edge aquarium, that is, 0.54×0.29×0.03 and converting the resulting figure – 0.0042 – from cubic centimeters to liters.

7. Now you can take about a liter of water per volume occupied by the filter and heater. And somewhere in 0.5 liters of snags or other decorative ornaments. And do not forget the algae.

But there is still ground! 2 centimeters of basalt crumb will take about 0.8 liters of the total volume.

Thus, your 50-liter aquarium actually holds about 47 liters. And the larger the aquarium, the more noticeable the difference between the declared volume and the real one.

Sooner or later, many aquarists visit the idea of ​​replacing their home pond with a more spacious one, or a more interesting and original one. There may be several options here: buy ready-made, order from a professional master or do it yourself. For those who like to experiment and “work with their hands,” it is very important to think over everything in advance and calculate that the self-made aquarium will last a long time, and not fall apart every other day, creating a lot of problems for the owner.

To help the craftsmen was created aquarium calculator. Let’s understand what it is and why it is needed.

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