Would a large plastic tub suffice as an aquarium?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by severage, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. severageValued MemberMember

    Just wondering. I have an 8 inch ropefish in a 10 gallon tank, and he definately needs more room. I am going to get a larger aquarium very soon. However, I was wondering if a plastic tub would work. I know they can occasionally leach chemicals long term, is there any safe type of tub that doesn't do this? Reason I ask is they are cheaper, and much much easier to find.

    Also, is there any way I could treat my ropefish since tomorrow is Christmas? :;shat
    Any food they particularly love?
  2. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember


  3. luke355027355027Well Known MemberMember

    I would make sure to add lights.

  4. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    The fish won't need special lighting. Room lights should work temporarily. These are the tubs my lfs uses as indoor ponds for pond fish and gold fish.
  5. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Plastic tubs are fine to use. There's a lot of back and forth about the effect of plastics leaching, but I don't think most people even concern themselves enough to stop using plastic in their every day life.
  6. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    The issue with plastic is that at some point most household bins will not be strong enough to hold its whole volume of water.
  7. grfresconeroValued MemberMember

    I would`nt do it . I heard they are very sensitive to change buy the tank and use the water from it.
    when i do water changes i use 2lt coke bottles with to drop of chlor stop for 24 hours to settle then make the change.
  8. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Agreed - most are not designed to hold their volume of liquid.
  9. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    Tuff tubs are designed for it:)
  10. RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    I like Tuff tubs! They work great. But you must have a filter and heater in it. Ropefish are pretty sensitive to water temp in particular IME.

    Any type of lighting isn't necessary. Being predominantly nocturnal, Ropefish prefer their environment to be dark or have dim lighting.
  11. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Good to know.

    Unfortunately the fish in question has died.
  12. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    For future reference to those in need: The $5 20g utility tubs from walmart (the ones with the rope handles) usually last me at least a year outside so they are a pretty good investment if it's just a temporary situation. The one's I've kept indoors are still going strong 2+ years later.

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