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Old 04-28-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Buckets

I need to get some buckets for water changes, ATO, etc.

Can I use just ordinary 5g buckets or do they need to be like approved for something?

I was looking at these:

Shop Encore Plastics 5-Gallon Food Grade Plastic Bucket at Lowes.com


Will they be ok?

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Any bucket will do really as long as you can get a heater and powerhead in there to warm/mix the water. I use a 25g garden bucket brought from my local garden Center and works a treat. A friend if mine even uses a large bin as he has to mix enough water for 3 tanks 😛
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25gallon bucket?

How do you carry that? It must weigh about 200lbs?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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25gallon bucket?

How do you carry that? It must weigh about 200lbs?


What Serafin means is a large container to keep mixed water in..... I use a 32g food-safe Brute garbage can with a heater and powerhead to maintain about 25 gallons of mixed water at all times. I use a small electric pump with a hose to transfer from the can into 5g buckets for pwc's....... As far as the 5gal buckets, just about any ones will do.... I just keep them rinsed them out real good. I'd recommend going and buying a few new ones from a hardware/home improvement store, since you may not know what were in used ones. Just keep those dedicated to your tank.
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Haha I thought no way is he/she carrying a 25g bucket around.

The trouble I have is that I need to buy many 5 gallon buckets to transfer water to fill up my whole tank as its new. But then I won't need then anymore??

What do you suggest?
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What size tank?
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25gallon bucket?

How do you carry that? It must weigh about 200lbs?
maybe you can have multiple 5 gal buckets on a cart with wheels and so there wont be much carrying labor involved as much. im just throwing out some ideas.
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Good idea but that means buying a cart which is more money wasted. Maybe it will just be best buying six 5g buckets and when I have done transporting water just store them in garage incase I ever need them again.
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Well, here's what I did.... I set my garbage can up right next to the tank for a day to mix the saltwater, pumped it into the tank and then moved it out of the way. Once the cycle was complete, I set the garbage can back up next to the tank, mixed my water for 12 hours, did my complete water change, then moved my can into the basement where it is now permanently located..... why lug all of that water when you can mix it right where you need it. Kind of an eyesore for a day, but it worked great.
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