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Old 07-13-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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Plastic water storage drum

I recently got a 30 gallon drum that I planned on using to make and store saltwater. It originally contained concentrated laundry detergent. I have washed it out really good, but still has laundry smell. Cannot tell if drum is food grade or not. Would this be ok to use or should I just not risk it?
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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Do not use it. It doesn't even matter if at one point it was considered food grade because its definitely not now. If a container is not safe for you store drinking water and drink water out of, its not safe for fish either. Your safest bet would be to purchase a new food grade/drinking water storage drum.
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Hi like as already said,think it would be wise not to use,especially for marines.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Ok thanks for the info. I'm just going to put it to the side. Maybe can use for something else later. Looks like I'll be investing in a brute or something similar.
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Ok thanks for the info. I'm just going to put it to the side. Maybe can use for something else later. Looks like I'll be investing in a brute or something similar.
I used brute with the wheels on the bottom and it made life much much easier.
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Yeah I had original planned on getting the brute but came across these containers and since my setup will be stationary thought might work out better.
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Yeah I had original planned on getting the brute but came across these containers and since my setup will be stationary thought might work out better.
I just like being able to bring the can of saltwater to the tank during water change rather than dragging and dropping water through my house
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:00 PM   #8
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Don't use a brute trash can. They leach a ton of phosphates into the water as I learned first hand ( the hard way). After the experience with the brute, I decided to try and find a "leach free" storage container and came to the conclusion that there were only two materials that were safe. Glass and acrylic. I ended up using an old sump and all is good now. This goes for both rodi and mixed saltwater.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:02 PM   #9
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Yeah I don't carry water through the house anymore either. I use a pump in my container with a long hose to the tank.
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