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Moor
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Fish IN Tank
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:36:11 AM »

Hey I just found a VERY LARGE plastic tank like container, I was wondering whether It is safe or unsafe to keep the fish in such a thing. It is ugly I know but much bigger than a tiny bowl
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Re: Fish IN Tank
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 12:43:56 AM »

You are right, this is much better than a bowl. Watch it carefully as you fill it-some tubs will bow or break under pressure, do not fill it to the very top. Add a power filter and airstone and you have a good temporary tank.
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Moor
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Re: Fish IN Tank
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2012, 01:04:45 AM »

How long can I keep them in there for?

TBH they look VERY nice in there, plus I have a sponge filter
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Re: Fish IN Tank
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2012, 01:15:41 AM »

There is no real time limit. You must do a lot of maintenance, change 50% of the water a few times a week.
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Re: Fish IN Tank
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2012, 01:40:09 AM »

Why so much?
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Fish IN Tank
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2012, 01:45:35 AM »

50% of water changed once a week is the minimum. This is standard maintenance. More changes if the tank is not cycled.
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Re: Fish IN Tank
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2012, 07:55:26 AM »

50% weekly is required, because goldfish are messy little things Cheesy
They are basically poop machines and due to this, a lot of ammonia is created, in a cycled tank the ammonia is converted to nitrites and then to nitrates by bacteria living in the filter and some areas of the tank, so water changes are required to lower the nitrate level as this can be harmful in high concentrations of 40ppm or more.

In an un-cycled tank, when the ammonia isn't being converted because the bacteria have not yet developed, more water changes are required as ammonia if left, is lethal and can kill fish. For example, I am currently changing my water 3 times a week (I do two 30% changes during the week and one 50% change at the end of the week) this keeps the ammonia under control and my goldfish healthy Smiley

On the subject of plastic tubs, I have heard of people keeping fish and turtles in rubber maid containers, so I am sure it is possible.
The length of time they can stay there, really depends on the size of the tub and how fast the fish grow  Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Fish IN Tank
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012, 11:08:23 AM »

I think it would be a good idea for you to simply move them whenever you'll find a bigger tank for the fish, they'll be okay in the tub until then, provided that you'll be changing the water for them regularly Smiley
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