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Old 02-08-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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Can i keep my cichlids in a tub?

Well not like a bathtub, but more like a 33gal rubbermaid bin? I'm redoing my entire FW 55gal cichlid tank. Removing the river rock and putting silica sand in its place. Just want to keep the cichlids (maybe 10 of them) in a 33gal bin with their water for a few days, while the sand settles. this ok?
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yep, sure can... a local breeder only uses 100g rubbermaid tubs to breed his fish
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not a cichlids expert at all and mfd is by far one of the top guys on here, but i have seen plenty of fish kept in bins for temp solutions. As long as you havent had any chemicals in it then youll be fine.
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can you get a filter in there or at the very least an air pump? and depending where you are, a heater.
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I had a 20gallon rubbermaid container I used as a hospital tank for a gold barb about a year ago. Unfortunately for the fish being treated after 2 months of care and being healed completely then reintroduction to the tank, she was again viciously attacked (tiger barbs). I ended up having her in the "tank" for around 4 months with a heater and a simple Whisper HOB filter (HOB's work great because they fit over the lip of the tub, you just need to keep the water level high).

What I noticed over that long period of time was the container slowly started to deform. The sides bulged out and while I wasn't concerned the container would suddenly collapse, it did give me pause about using them for longterm care.

If I were to do it again I'd get 2 of the same containers and have them inside of each other to give the walls a bit more strength. But I was dosing with Pimafix and Melafix and (Prime to dechlor the water) and so no signs of the container breaking down.
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