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Fish safe plastics...

Discussion in 'D.I.Y' started by drew, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. drew

    drew Active Member

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    http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/lib/different-types-of-plastic.htm

    I was at lowes looking for some tubs and found these (see pic). I am unsure if this is is 'sp code 1'. I knowxthat PVC and Polyethylene are safe....

    What are some issues with other plastics? Leaching?

    I might just call the company tomorrow... Im getting ready for some fish room experiments.
     

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  2. Fishheadz

    Fishheadz Well-Known Member

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    That tub is only 6" deep, and only 7 gallons, which might be fine for fry, or smaller fish, but for larger fish, I feel you'll want something a bit deeper and with greater volume.

    Here (in my area) we have available (@ Home Depot)some tubs like these, and some that are a bit bigger. 36" x 8"x 24" - 20 gal.........$13
    If the plastic is safe, the larger tub might be better. (more depth & volume)
     
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  3. chocky

    chocky Well-Known Member

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    Just avoid any recycled plastics

    Polypropylene is safe too
     
  4. drew

    drew Active Member

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    PP - Polyproplene - Recycling #5

    Thanks for the replies! In case anyone was wondering these tubs are polyproplene. They should serve my purposes excellent.

    They do make a larger size as well! I'm planning on experimenting with some overhead sump systems and a some fry grow-out units. Will post more as I experiment and work out the math.
     
  5. Chi

    Chi Active Member

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  6. Ununique

    Ununique Well-Known Member

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    The mortar tubs at my local Home Depot actually has a few little images on it describing its use, some sort of mortal mixing image and some others, and one with a fish. Not sure what that means but hey while most things say "not for use in aquariums", this is a positive sign.
     
  7. Ichthius

    Ichthius Professional Breeder

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    The original tubs posted are polypropylene.

    Large injection molded items especially in black are almost never PET.
     

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