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Rubbermaid Tubs and Phosphates


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    Ocho Cinco - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Rubbermaid Tubs and Phosphates

    Is this a fact that they will leach phospahtes? I was looking into a large rubbermaid tubs. Kinda like this,

    [url=http://www.tractorsupply.com/rubbermaid-reg-structural-foam-stock-tanks-100-gal-capacity-2229901]Rubbermaid
    Last edited by Ocho Cinco; 05-29-2012 at 10:01 AM.
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    Ocho Cinco - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Ok cool. People use so many different kinds, they might have been talking about those for all I know. I just don't want to get something set up and have that problem.
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    I have been using a Rubbermaid 23 gallon recycling can for my ATO and it still reads 0 TDS after 4+ years of use and it has never once been cleaned or emptied out.
    I also use a 30G Rubbermaid Roughneck trashcan for my water mixing and again it has never been a problem in 9 years of use.

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    adalius - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I had a Brute as a mixing vat, ended up with phosphates and a blow out (and a crap ton of mixed water down the drain). Switched to a Roughneck, no problems. I think it's just the Brute line that had the issue, something about either the type of plastic they were using or the lubricant that they spray the molds with (which then impregnates the plastic).

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    Ocho Cinco - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Ok thanks. Would the one I linked to above be safe like the roughnecks? Just stay away from Brutes?
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    adalius - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Not sure, I would think so since they're structural foam. The Roughneck trashcans, if I remember, are NSF grade 2 food safe plastic, the Brutes are a different grade of plastic, which might be why they leech.

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    Ocho Cinco - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Ya I would think so to. Plus I've seen so many people use them for sumps and stuff that they would have to be fine.
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