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Twitch 09-09-2010 01:22 PM

Plastic Tubs as Aquariums
I was wondering. In the reptile world, we use plastic tubs for all sorts of reptiles and amphibians. I've been doing a little digging and all the information I have found has said it is safe to use Rubbermaid or Sterilite tubs as "tanks" for fish.

While they may not be pleasing to the eye, they would serve the purpose of holding water and providing space for the animal to live. They are lightweight when empty as opposed to glass aquariums. Rubbermaid makes some large tubs, some stock tanks go up to 300g. But the kind you can buy in Walmart or Target is what I'm looking at to use.

For example, I have a Rubbermaid tub here that holds 10+ gallons of water (have not filled it all the way yet, so I'll know how much it holds when I'm done). A HOB filter fits perfectly onto the rim of the tub and a heater could easily be installed as well. A downfall to the use of a tub is lighting. Finding a cover or light fixture to fit over top the tub is harder than with a glass aquarium.

So are these tubs usable as aquariums, given that we don't care about how it looks? (especially in breeding set ups.

bigrift 09-09-2010 02:41 PM

i personally have never done this but my aunt has. she raised guppies in a rubbermaid tub with a filter and heater and a little gravle at the bottom. she did this to feed her oscars. as far as lighting you can get a few of the clip on lamps commonly used for reptiles and that would keep the water warm while it is on. just remember these arnt made for holding water long term so i would check to see if they may leach any chemicals into the water that may kill the fish your trying to breed in them.

redchigh 09-09-2010 02:50 PM

I was thinking about setting up one of them as a shrimp-breeding tank...

I know of someone who breeds RCS in a 50G rubbermaid container outside so I don't see why not...

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