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06-15-2013, 07:15 PM #1
Would this be okay?
So, I have a bunch of sempty kitty litter buckets around (Tidy Cats, and I wouldn't consider the litter aquarium-safe!)... Would I be able to clean them and use them as spare buckets? I'm thinking storage for things I don't use everyday, for use in water changes, etc.
I know having at least one storage one with heavy substrate in the bottom would be nice, because I would be able to sit it in front of the hutch where I'm setting up my tank, so that the cats can sit on it and watch the tank (or just as likely, use it as a platform for jumping up to inspect the tank).
Another idea that I have used before. Since my tank is small (only needs .5 mL Prime), what I did before was to clean out a bottle of eye drops really really well, then fill it with Prime. 10 drops = .5 mL, thus making it easier to dispense Prime since I use such a small amount and the bottle is so big.
Last edited by Flyby Stardancer; 06-15-2013 at 07:20 PM.
06-15-2013, 07:44 PM #2
I used to use them. Had no issues.130g: 7 Angelfish, 1 Bolivian, 12 Neon Tetras, 14 Serpae Tetras, 9 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora ? Ghost Shrimp
I've noticed that people HATE it when you point out how stupid they are, so now I try to do it politely.
06-15-2013, 08:05 PM #3
06-16-2013, 12:36 AM #4
Good idea on the eye drop bottle. You could do that or just use a medicine dropper, like this: http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wal...001630-product
06-16-2013, 01:42 AM #5
I could use the medicine dropper, and it's a very good idea. :) The only issue with medicine droppers is that eventually the level of Prime in the bottle drops beyond what the dropper can reach. That's why I like the eye drop bottles..
06-16-2013, 07:57 PM #6
06-16-2013, 08:06 PM #7
06-16-2013, 08:17 PM #8
Oh definitely. I did a basic rinse the way I learned in my college chem classes--three times, each with vigorous swirling to get everything!
...Now I need to get some DI water for cleaning the test tubes... I don't feel like they're truly clean until they've been rinsed 3 times with tap, followed by 3 times with DI.
06-17-2013, 02:16 PM #9Member Angelfish
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My Dad re-uses plastic cat litter containers for aquarium use with no problems. Should be fine.My tanks:
06-17-2013, 02:36 PM #10
I use a large cat litter bottle, that was thoroughly rinsed, to keep water for my pet bowls out in the garage, no problems, done it for years....
As far as the medicine dropper for Prime not reaching far enough into the Prime bottle, just get you a little shallow glass jar, and dump some of your Prime into that, then use the syringe to draw it out of that...I use a little pimento jar, with a lid, that was thoroughly cleaned beforehand...baby food jar would be just as good