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  1. Default Goldfish in Rubbermaid Tubs???

    0 Not allowed!
    I've heard/seen people use rubbermaid tubs, as a cheaper alternative, for keeping Goldfish! I guess this is non-traditional, but i would like your thoughts on this matter. Is it healthy for the fish? How would maintenance differ from a tank? What would be the major differences other than "the look" be?

    You're thoughts/advice would be appreciated.
    Thank you.


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    0 Not allowed!
    If it doesn't leach chemicals and you maintain it properly and it is of a proper size(40 gal+ for fancies, 90 + for commons) then it simply is a space to live in as far as the fish is concerned. I see several issues though:
    - sides may bulge and sustain damage
    - filters and other equipment may not fit properly due to different shape of rim
    - only top viewing possible, which will be hard due to light fixture above
    - since a Rubbermaid tub cannot be viewed from the side, it will have to be placed low. An attempt to use a conventional water siphon to do cleanup will be slow and inefficient or fail outright.

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    ...also - this is for inside, right? If you're considering keeping them in this outside be aware that the water will heat up in the sun VERY quickly in a rubber tub.
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    0 Not allowed!
    I've heard, and seen, people using rubber-made tubs as well as kiddie swimming pools as ponds. Usually though they are set IN the ground, in a shaded area. I haven't seen one in use in a house this way except for the storage of fish that are about to be shipped. I'm sure people do though, wouldn't surprise me.
    2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.

  5. #5


    0 Not allowed!
    The koi keepers use things like this as quarantine and treatment tubs

    So I don't see why a rubbermaid tub should not be safe.

  6. #6


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    The koi keepers use things like this as quarantine and treatment tubs

    So I don't see why a rubbermaid tub should not be safe.
    However, quarantine or hospital tank usage is not long term - I share the concern of the sides eventually bulging with the weight of the water, but there may be someone here who knows someone who did it successfully.

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    No, it's not long term but those koi people do know about fish safety. When you've got a 500-600 euros single fish you want to take as little risk as possible.

    If material safety is a concern, use some pond liner?

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