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Old 09-16-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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Using Rubbermaid Tubs as Sumps

Hello all. I have read a few threads where people have said they use Rubbermaid (or similar products) tubs as sumps. Has anyone had any issues with the tubs failing, or becoming brittle over time (or any other issues)? Also, if anyone has a link to DIY this way, could you please post it here? Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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I am getting a new 90g this weekend to replace my 75g and was going to go that route due to cost. Then I found this thread:

http://aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=53046

I built the exact same set up with a 30g tank for about $75(cost of tank included). I think it has much more potential for filtration in the sump and is a more permanent solution. I did this because I realized I was going to be limited on size to replace the sump without taking everything down due to the stand.

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Old 09-16-2005, 01:47 PM   #3
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I am in the same boat, with size restrictions. I have a 120, and the stand has a large support brace directly between the front doors. I also looked at www.melevsreef.com. What a site that is. I like his "Model I." So here I am trying to find something to fit a big skimmer, and yet fit into my stand at the same time. I am going to go the "2 piece sump/refugium" method, I think.
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:02 PM   #4
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Great site, a little more complex than what I am looking for for my first sump. That is why I was considering the rubbermaid.

I constructed mine in about 2 hrs(plus drying time) with an existing 30g tank.

I cannot wait to see how it all works. I pick up the new tank tomorrow AM.

Good luck,
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Old 09-17-2005, 02:58 PM   #5
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Has anyone else had any big success (or maybe not) using Rubbermaid tubs for a sump?
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Old 09-17-2005, 06:33 PM   #6
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I've been using one for several weeks now, no problems. I was previously using a wet-dry but just as a sump. For $8 I upgraded to a bigger container.
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Old 09-17-2005, 07:33 PM   #7
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I am using a rubbermaid contoner for my sump but it is a stock tank. 75 gal one

I did use a 25 gal rubbermaid as a refugium for almost a year with no issues.
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Old 09-18-2005, 01:52 PM   #8
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When you weight out the price difference, Rubbermaid sure seems like the way to go, LOL.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:36 PM   #9
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Just depends on what you want/need. When I had the sump under the tank, I could not find a rubbermaid that would fit that would hold a decent amount of water. I ended up using a 20 gal glass tank. I could of had an acrylic tank built for the exact size of the opening that would have held a lot more water. WOuld have been pricy though...

Rubbermaids are great when you can use them.
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Old 09-19-2005, 12:55 PM   #10
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True, I have looked into getting a custom acrylic sump as well. I dont think I could get a large enough Rubbermaid, either. The search continues!
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