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Cheap summer tubs

Discussion in 'Plants, Ponds & Planted Tanks' started by FishEggs, Jun 30, 2017.

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Should I

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  1. Use the 55g and put a cross brace on it

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  2. Just go with a couple 38g's

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  3. Do whatever you want it's your money

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  4. Procrastinate until September then you won't have to worry about it because it will be to late.

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  1. FishEggs

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    I picked up a couple cheap bins i saw while at home depot today. Figured I'd test them out for some outdoor tubs. One is a 55g tote for $20 and the other a 38g for $17. Filled them up with water to see if they would hold up. The 38g bowed out a little and held just fine. The 55g, which was made more narrow for some reason and taller, bowed out quite a lot and started to kink the sides. So I won't be using the 55g for an outside tub unless I put a brace across the center. 20170630_195025.jpg
    55 gallon tote


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    38 gallon tote
     
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    I'd brace them both just to be safe and drop some fish in!
     
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    The 38g really doesn't need a brace. I even pushed out the sides more and they held up just fine.
     
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    Build a simple wood frame around them. Or something similar. I know someone who did this and they eventually (and suddenly) ripped along the side and dumped the water everywhere. They were testing them for use inside as a sump. Fortunately they tested them outside for a bit before installing them inside!
     
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    You might not want to but you could Dig a hole and put the tubs in. Fill with water and then fish.

    Whatever you do, pick a spot that only gets maybe an hour of direct sun a day. If you get too much sun the water will get too hot and you will end up with a lot of algae and maybe even green water and you will never see any fish even if they are there. You can even build a simple cover with plywood to provide shade if you have to.
     
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    If you really want a cheap summer tub, go get a kiddy wadding/swimming pool (with or without built in slide). the medium sized ones cost maybe 20 dollars and you can often find them on sale for $10, particularly at the end of the season. They work great. I have been using them outside in the shade for years. The medium sized ones hold 50 to 80 gallons and with their shallow water there is no need for a pump or filter.

    I have raised many different kinds of fish and without my planning to many different kinds of frogs and toads. I even raise daphnia in some of them.
     
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    Another approach is to just not fill it all the way...

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    Frank's wading pools are kind of awesome though.
     
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    I use the ones with the slides. You hook a pump up to the top and instant waterfall.
     
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    I don't really have a good spot to use a kiddie pool and I don't want to dig any holes in the front yard but very good ideas. I'll store them for future use.
     
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    If I don't fill them all the way I might as well use a smaller tub.
     
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    True but surface area is as important as actual volume...

     

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