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Hi everyone! This is my first post. I recently purchased a RO/DI unit, and a plastic trash can at my local Wal-Mart to store the water in. I made a small amount of salt water and scrubbed the inside of the can with the water and extra salt. The can still smells like plastic, and I'm wondering if I should use it at all. Any comments?
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:27 AM   #2
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We've been using a trash can also for 3 months. We do a water change approximately every 10 days. No problems so far.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:39 AM   #3
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Plastic trash cans unless they are Rubbermaid food grade cans will and do leach Phosphates into the water and from what understand they do it rather fast. Here is a link to an article by Eric Borneman which explains what I mean.

And to be honest with you I really am not interested in spending anywhere between 200 to 250 for a plastic garbage can. My suggestion is to get either a Brine tank for a water softener which is made of a totally different kind of plastic that doesn't leach anything or a portable water tank either of which can be purchased for less than 100 bucks.

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I use a food grade Rubbermaid Brute 30 gal. It is yellow. I got it at a local restaurant supply. I think I paid around 30.00 and went to Home Depot to get the wheel dolly that it fits on. Also around 30.00

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I use a food grade Rubbermaid Brute 30 gal. It is yellow. I got it at a local restaurant supply. I think I paid around 30.00 and went to Home Depot to get the wheel dolly that it fits on. Also around 30.00
Thats Cheap, I didn't realize that that price was for 4 so they are 50 to 65 buck which isnt too bad. I still like my Brine tanks, I have 2 both are 50 gallons. One for salt water and one for RODI.
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yep get food grade brute trash cans or like gazoog says tank
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Plastic trash cans unless they are Rubbermaid food grade cans will and do leach Phosphates into the water and from what understand they do it rather fast. Here is a link to an article by Eric Borneman which explains what I mean.

And to be honest with you I really am not interested in spending anywhere between 200 to 250 for a plastic garbage can. My suggestion is to get either a Brine tank for a water softener which is made of a totally different kind of plastic that doesn't leach anything or a portable water tank either of which can be purchased for less than 100 bucks.
that article by eric borneman was eye opening. i was planning to use a rubbermaid brute. not anymore. ive been using a rubbermaid storage container for mixing to date and usually test the source water occassionaly. havent seen PO4 yet, but oh well ill get a brine tank or something else. the most interesting thing in his article was about IO Salt.

my tanks been up for 6 months. i had originally started with another brand of salt until my LFS started carrying IO Reef Crystals for cheaper. since i started using it, and i really didnt put 2 and 2 together here until i read the article, i have been getting mini-cyano outbreaks! if i change my salt and the cyano goes away im so boycotting IO

edit: i started with coralife salt, then moved to red sea (so far the best from just a visual perspective on the health of the corals by comparison in salt mix), and now IO Reef Crystals
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so its safe to say then if its made of 100% FDA molded polyethylene its ok for water storage?
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that article by eric borneman was eye opening. i was planning to use a rubbermaid brute. not anymore. ive been using a rubbermaid storage container for mixing to date and usually test the source water occassionaly. havent seen PO4 yet, but oh well ill get a brine tank or something else. the most interesting thing in his article was about IO Salt.

my tanks been up for 6 months. i had originally started with another brand of salt until my LFS started carrying IO Reef Crystals for cheaper. since i started using it, and i really didnt put 2 and 2 together here until i read the article, i have been getting mini-cyano outbreaks! if i change my salt and the cyano goes away im so boycotting IO

edit: i started with coralife salt, then moved to red sea (so far the best from just a visual perspective on the health of the corals by comparison in salt mix), and now IO Reef Crystals
I have used nothing but Reef Crystals since I set my tanks up, never had a problem.
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I have used nothing but Reef Crystals since I set my tanks up, never had a problem.
then i wont attribute the recent cyano outbreak to that
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