55g plastic barrels

55g plastic barrels

Postby jadeguppy » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:01 pm

I'm looking into these as a way to store made-up saltwater and to possibly cut in half to use as breeding tubs. However, it seems that the ones I can find all had carwash soap in them. With a good rinsing, are these safe to use?
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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby Kmiec123 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:51 pm

I would not use it, plastics can leach all types of chemicals, that's why most places don't reuse them. If you find a Cheese factory or something that used them for Calcium Chloride, I would be fine using them. :D Car wash soap not so much, I have free access to Windshield Washer Solvent 55 gal barrels, called ChemTrec on that on and they said "That stuff is dangerous, i wouldn't risk it". ;) Hope this helps.
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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby KMB » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:54 am

If you can get the ones used for food items they should be fine. I used to get them from Coke and from a shoyu maker for free but now these barrels are so popular with the aquaponics people that there are waiting lists and they cost $. I do use mine for mixing water and they work great. The half barrels didn't work as well for larval tubs so they are now water lily bowls with guppies for seahorse food.

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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby jadeguppy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:33 am

thanks for the info.
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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby 2divers » Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:59 pm

2 things. First - Firehouse subs sells their 5 gallon buckets with lids for $2.00 - food grade - excellent if you want to up size fry growing from jars. 2nd - Tractor Supply in Chipley has 55 gallon and 110 gallon rubbermade "tanks" used for cattle/hoofstock. Cost for 110 gallon is $70.00. I think the cost for the 55 is $50. They are listed as chemically neutral. T.
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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby jadeguppy » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:10 pm

Good to know, thanks.
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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby ecoreeftech » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:58 am

You can get 32 gallon trash cans which are plastic and very sturdy for as low as $8 at your local hardware store. I know ACE Hardware has occasional sales on them. Just a generic black plastic trash can with a lid. I have 4 of them. They work great. Never thought about cutting them down but I bet that would work too.
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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby PaulG » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:20 am

Over here... (Australia) I can by 55Gal drums brand new for about $50... not worth teh hassle of risking 'used' barrels unless teh conts have been food grade to begin with or a 'safe' chemical such as sodium hypochlorite.

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Re: 55g plastic barrels

Postby kileysmama » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:13 pm

We use pickle barrels here. :)
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