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post #1 of 3 Old 04-08-2011, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question is this a 50 gallon or 55 gallon?

ok so i was just at the lfs and i happened past a 50 gallon tank....48 1/4"L x 12 3/4"W x 20"H... now i always thought those were the dimensions of the 55 gallon 48" x 13" x 21"... does that 1 and 1/4" difference constitute 5 gallons? ... am i wrong or have they just started measuring differently?
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-09-2011, 03:00 AM
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I have a couple different standard tank size charts. In both charts a 48" x 13" x 20" tank is listed as a 55 gallon. If I use the aquarium volume calculator with your exact dimensions (48.25" x 12.75" x 20") it comes out to 53.3 US gallons. 48" x 13" x 21" would be 56.7 US gallons.

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ok so i was looking around online and i saw a website that also listed their 45 long as 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 19... who comes up with these measurements?.... i dont know but i do think that the aquarium companies should be more honest when giving the gallon-age for aquariums cause from the inside dimensions it definitely not holding 55 gallons of water especially since you cant fill to the brim.... liars!!!
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