
01072011, 11:16 AM  #1 
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Soil height calculations
here i give a rough guide for fellow hobbyist how to calculate soil height for your shrimp tank, be it for aquascaping or shrimp breeding.
the formula for soil height ( flat )will be as follow: lets say you wants 5cm thickness of soil. your tank is 60(l)x30(w)x35(h), use the 60(l)x30(w) as the base and multiply it with 5cm (h) and you will get 9 litres. length of your tank x width of your tank x height of the soil you wants = total litres of soil needed. the formula for soil height ( slope ) : your tank is 60(l)x30(w)x35(h), you wants a 3cm thickness at the front and 7 cm thickness at the back. get the total litres for the 3 cm thickness first 60(l)x30(w) as the base and multiply it with 3cm (h) and you will get 5.4 litres ( base soil ). difference between front and back soil height will be 7cm3cm = 4cm total soil needed for the slope = [60(l)x30(w)x4(h)] divide by 2 = 3.6 litres (slope soil) finally total up the base soil and the slope soil and you will get 5.4l + 3.6L = 9 litres hope this will help those who wants to set up a new shrimp tank. 
01072011, 11:26 AM  #2 
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Bro eviltrain,
Maybe you want to add in the below sentence as I think it will be useful for any new hobbyist. Quote from you: 'most shrimp breeder will keep their soil height at 5cm 8cm' 
01072011, 11:29 AM  #3  
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01072011, 11:47 AM  #4 
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nice info ... now I know how many kg soil I need to buy
thanks alot for the info ... 
01072011, 01:02 PM  #5 
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01072011, 01:11 PM  #6 
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litres = volume
kg = total mass weight ie to say, 9 litres of soil is not equal to 9 kg of soil its the same as any other things like ceramic rings. 
01072011, 03:21 PM  #7 
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ok noted ...

08072011, 12:02 PM  #8 
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for slope we can use the formula for volume of Trapezium
IE sum of parallel lines / 2 * W * L = (7 + 4) / 2 * 30 * 60 = 9.9l cheers 
22072011, 10:57 PM  #9 
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just to confirm 4 ft x 2ft x 5cm = 5.7 L only??
is all SI units in cm?? can someone help this newbie here? 
22072011, 11:26 PM  #10 
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