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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.


  2. #2


    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.

  3. #3


    0 Not allowed!

    ...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.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

  4. #4


    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.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

  7. #7


    0 Not allowed!
    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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