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Old 12-08-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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Rubbermaid or Sterlite Trash Can Containers

Is it okay to use either the RubberMaid or Sterlite containers 30+ gals(trashcans with or without wheels) that you can get at Walmart to store Saltwater in for waterchanges? Or do you need special containers to store Saltwater in between water changes?

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Also how long can you store the Saltwater for as well?
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:40 PM   #2
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I cant see the picture but rubbermaid totes are fine. They can even be used as sumps for Sw tanks.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:45 PM   #3
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I just reposted the picture in my albums (Album - Other) .
you can see it there.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:57 AM   #4
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For mixing SW I would use the Rubbermaid BRUTE series. No chance of breakage. They make them in 20, 32, and 44 gallon sizes, you can get them at Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, but I don't know if Wal-Mart carries them.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:17 AM   #5
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I have a picture of it in my album named "other" is that the same one?
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:57 AM   #6
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I liked the 44g Rubbermaid with wheel dollies too. Brand new with no prior history of use
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:02 PM   #7
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as long as u dont use no chemicals on it before or during use (soap). You have to make sure it will hold up.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:06 PM   #8
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Not the same as the BRUTE ones

Brute Trash Containers - Rubbermaid Wholesale

They are generally thicker, industrial grade. It looks like the heavy-duty ones are residential grade.

Outdoor Trash Can Heavy-Duty | 32 Gal Non-Wheeled | Rubbermaid
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No chemicals will be used in them. I was told by the LFS that I was not to use those because they are chemicaly treated so I was at a confused state and needed other opinions. Also when I get it home from the store all I need to do is rinse it out with hot water and NO Soap correct?

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Yeah that is right, just like any product that you use for your fish.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:21 PM   #11
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I use rubbermaid totes for when ever I need them. Regular laundry baskets.
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White Vinegar and hot water to clean. Then rinse well and let it air dry out.
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I have right now a rubbermaid tute holding my extra LR that I picked up with sw in it awaiting for the new tank arrival hope to have at the end of the month or the first part of Jan. if it takes that long I can move the LR into the tank that I have now but it will be very crowded if I do that. It is only a 55g. and I am already running out of room for I have been slowy adding small pieces of different types of Coral.

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I just went to Home Depot I thought they had the Rubbermaid (Brute) trash can with wheels on them and could not find any nor on their website the only ones I could find with wheels already on them was the ones called RoughNeck by Rubbermaid can those be used to hold the saltwater to the water changes?
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You should have no prob with any of those as long as they don't say they are treated on the label!
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It's on their website. Did you ask an employee? They might just be out of stock. What about Lowe's or Menards?
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I could not find a brute series with wheels 30-42 gal not even on their website. I did see one of those things that you can put under the can that has wheels but that is another $30+. I will look again.
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any of those containers in walmart/home depot/lowes are fine. that's not true that they are treated with chemicals. why would they do such a thing? they are made for trash.
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The cheaper plastics should be thorougly cleaned. I would not store salt water in those either. However all BRUTE containers are food grade and after a rinse to remove the dust, etc. I would be confortable using those with no worries of leaching.
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Walmart does not carry the Brute series only the Roughneck series. I looked inside the ones at walmart and they are kind of shinny inside almost kind of greasey looking so back to Home Depot it is. Will just have to do without the wheels.
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