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When referring to tank size, does 60P for example, mean 60 gallons?

I'm new to the planted tank world but have had reef tanks for over 30 years. In the reef tank hobby, liters or gallons is usually used when referring to tank size. As I try and educate myself regarding planted tanks, I often see tank sizes referred to as 60P, 90P etc. Does the 60P or 90P reference also mean 60 or 90 gallons?
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I'm new to the planted tank world but have had reef tanks for over 30 years. In the reef tank hobby, liters or gallons is usually used when referring to tank size. As I try and educate myself regarding planted tanks, I often see tank sizes referred to as 60P, 90P etc. Does the 60P or 90P reference also mean 60 or 90 gallons?
Generally when tanks are referred to as 60P or 90P ect, it means the width of the tank in centimetres. It also refers to the height, a 90H would be a tall tank but with the same base dimensions as a 90P. My 60F is like a 60P but much shallower.

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It can get quite confusing. Generally speaking in regard to whats been the standard sizes for years, the only letters involved are "L" and "H" for long and high. Most common examples are 20 gallon tanks where one is 12 inches tall and 30 inches wide (or long) while the other is 16 inches tall (or high) and 24 inches wide.

But non american manufactures (like ADA) dont measure in gallons. So they use a number to indicate the width of the tank in centimeters and add a letter to designate the shape. I believe they use "C" for cube, "P" for pool, "F" for flood and "H" for high. So a 60P ends up being around 16 gallons (60 liters) and a 60F is around 8 gallons (30 liters)....while a 60H can be eitehr about 20 gallons or about 30 depending.

Then sometimes you'll also see tanks referred to using "L" for liters. Confused yet?

Found this that might help:http://spec-tanks.com/standard-ada-a...s-and-volumes/
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Thank you, everyone, for your responses. Quite confusing but I now have a much better understanding of what this specific reference actually means. Thanks again guys/gals.
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