conversion rate

jj

New Member
When people talk in gallons for their tanks, what is the general concensus? One conversion table says mine is 10 US and another 12 Imperial. Just curious as two gallons is quite a bit different.

Isabella

Fishlore VIP
I'm not quite sure about what you're asking. A general consensus on what? In fish-keeping, we're generally concerned with Liters, US gallons, and UK gallons. According to the Fish Lore calculator ( https://www.fishlore.com/ConversionCalculator.htm ), 1 US gallon = almost 3.8 Liters, and 1 US gallon = 0.83 UK gallons.

jj

New Member
It may have seemed a 'dim' question, :-[ but as this is a global forum, if you advise on stocking per gallon, 2 gals is a bit if a difference and I notice that almost everyone talks in gallons. I was simply curious. I am however aware at the end of the day liters are the all important.

Isabella

Fishlore VIP
I am sorry for that. You must be from Europe (other than UK)? The reason most people here use US gallons is that a lot of people on Fish Lore are from the US. I understand it may be confusing to you if you're used to Liters. I would probably also be confused if I used a website where everyone talks only in Liters. But hey ... this is why Fish Lore has the Calculator So that we can all understand each other better

For example, if you hear somwhere that you should have a filter that pumps at least 10 times the volume of your tank per 1 hour, and if you tell me your tank is 110 Liters ... Well, you go to the Calculator and it tells you 110L = almost 30 gallons. But it doesn't matter in that case if it's Liters or Gallons, because 10 x the volume of a tank per hour is just that. In your case, you'd need a filter that pumps 1,100 Liters per hour, while in American gallons it would have to be a filter that pumps 300 gallons per hour.

I hope this helps you somewhat

jj

New Member
yep, I get it! Volume is volume no matter what calculator you use...it was just one of those things that I was curious about. I had to smile the other day when I saw someone buy a tank same as mine from same shop and was told it held 2gals more. That in turn lead me to the question. Thanks for replying.

No problemo