It says i can put about 16 inches of fish in my ten gallon tank because of it's surface area! Not volume of water. Has anyone ever heard of this, and do you agree? Why? Okay, i multiply the length and width of my tank, and get that number. The author also says that tropical fish will need about 12 inches of space per inch of them, not including their tail fin. So, my ten gallon can fit about 16 inches. Whatcha say about that?