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    Senior Member geekreef_05's Avatar
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    Mixing Bucket Question

    My large new tank requires a large new mixing bucket.

    Im thinking of picking up a couple of these:
    http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/s...k=P_PartNumber

    Good? Bad? Suggestions from personal practice?
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    i use two of the 44G Rubbermaid Brute containers, it says they are made for food contact right on the them so i know they are safe.
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    I think that container works out to 20 gallons (76L / 3.78 L/gal = ~20 gal).

    I was hoping people had larger containers than 20 gal. The one I linked too is about 32 gallons. Im wondering if its 'food safe' or if others use this one to mix, since its a popular trash can.
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    that was the only one i could find a pic of online, HD caries them in the 30G and 44G size as well, i use two of the 44G's, one for SW and the other for RODI. these are the only garbage can that i know of that are HDPE 2 and safe for food contact.

    here's a pic so you can see the size

    HTH

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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
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    I believe that some folks on this site have had issues with the can in the first post, the ones with the wheels. I can't quite remember what the issues were but that made me go for the Brutes.
    65g - 80lbs LR - 4x36" 39W T5 HOs (2x10000K,2xActinics) - CSS125 - 25g sump - Mag 7 return - Blueline SD-1100 Closed Loop with OM Squirt * 2x Amphiprion ocellaris - 1x Paracanthurus hepatus - 1x Zebrasoma flavescens
    29g - with stuff ;-)
    Coming Soon - 120g with more stuff

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    Stay away from the ones with wheels. The area where the wheels are is weak and will develop cracks and leak. Its just to much weight for it to handle.

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    thats another plus for the brute, they can take 350# on the handles with no problem. i have overflowed mine a few times ( 44G ~ 450# ) and it didn't warp or deflect.
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    Thanks a4twenty, I'll stop by my local home depot later this week and pick up a couple brute containers.

    Thanks everyone, that was helpful. Glad I didnt buy those wheelie containers.

    Just a follow up questions. I was thinking of drilling the bucket and inserting a hose near the botton with a valve switch to make it more versitile. My idea was to use silicone to seal it up - I just want to make sure that its not too much pressure for the silicone to hande.
    "Mmmm...Skimmate"

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    your welcome, i wouldn't rely on silicone to seal a fitting at the bottom, to much chance of a failure. i would install a bulkhead with the proper seal, you can even find them contoured to fight the round surface.
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    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


    My Gallery

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    :045:

    thanks again, will do.
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