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    I just found a screaming deal on a 250 gallon tote for $60... I can't find one for less than $250 around here. I called the guy who is like 45 minutes away. He said it had paint in it..... I was curious if I could use this for filtration? if so.... what steps should I make to make sure this is completely clean as to not harm my fish? He seams to think I could just rinse it out and be fine... he says he sells them all the time to farmers who water their livestock?
    Anyway thanks for any advice in advance
    Mike....
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    What kind of paint? Water base or oil base?

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    • #3

      DARNIT!!!!
      I called to ask what kinda paint and he had already sold it!!!!
      BOOOO! Oh well I still have a month or so to look around!
      Thanks though

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      • #4

        If he sells them for livestock tanks they MIGHT be OK for fish....it's hard to say. I'd cut the top off and pressure wash it. Then I'd treat it with a really strong batch of potassium permanganate. And then I'd fill it up and put some small fish in it for a month or so and see how they do. I got two 330 gallon totes recently that had mulch dye in them for $55 each. They have a nice sturdy 2" valve on them too. The product name was clearly labeled on the tote so I was able to find the MSDS sheet on line and learned that it was a totally non-toxic product. The 275 gallon tote I used for the filtration on my new pond had a crappy valve. I cut the valve off and used a rubber fernco fitting to attach a new ball valve. I could only use a 1 1/2" valve because of the size of the neck the old valve was attached to.

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        • #5

          Yeah, he only had the one. He said he wouldn't be getting anymore so.... Guess I'll have to look around some more
          Once I buy some (totes, or tanks or whatever) Where do I find this stuff... "potassium permanganite" ????
          I would much rather be safe than sorry.....
          Geeze, I also went to a dealer for pricing on a liner and underlayment. He went out of business
          I look on line... (not really possitive yet on what size i need) but to look at liners and for a 70' X 50' seams its gonna cost a little more than $2,000. This doesn't include the underlayment. WOW what have I got myself into here ???? lol

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          • #6

            Originally posted by CarolinaGirl View Post
            If he sells them for livestock tanks they MIGHT be OK for fish....it's hard to say. I'd cut the top off and pressure wash it. Then I'd treat it with a really strong batch of potassium permanganate. And then I'd fill it up and put some small fish in it for a month or so and see how they do. I got two 330 gallon totes recently that had mulch dye in them for $55 each. They have a nice sturdy 2" valve on them too. The product name was clearly labeled on the tote so I was able to find the MSDS sheet on line and learned that it was a totally non-toxic product. The 275 gallon tote I used for the filtration on my new pond had a crappy valve. I cut the valve off and used a rubber fernco fitting to attach a new ball valve. I could only use a 1 1/2" valve because of the size of the neck the old valve was attached to.
            When looking to buy used totes... filter your choices by looking for "food grade tote". It will narrow your search down to the safer ones.

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            • #7

              Thanks Ricshaw!!!
              I wish there were more readily available!!! there are some at a local farming store.... but they want $250 a piece for them SHEEESH!

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              • #8

                Originally posted by rifraf View Post
                I wish there were more readily available!!! there are some at a local farming store.... but they want $250 a piece for them SHEEESH!
                Yes, I am having the same problem finding one in the Los Angeles area.

                Too many people are buying the used totes and then reselling them at a mark-up.

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                • #9

                  Originally posted by ricshaw View Post
                  Yes, I am having the same problem finding one in the Los Angeles area.

                  Too many people are buying the used totes and then reselling them at a mark-up.
                  Same with Me, still hoping to find a deal on them.

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                  • #10

                    well the good news.... Is after looking at how much liners cost today... I came home and used a piece of rope to measure my pond... (up and down the sides and across the bottom. And good news... I'll prolly only need a piece of 40' X 40'!!!! Hopefully this will be lots cheaper.
                    so.....
                    What about framing a (settling tank? and using a piece of liner for it? well a few settling tanks in my case!
                    Hmmm.. lumber and liner will prolly end up costing me as much as a $250 tote GEEZE!!!! all this work, time and effort for a few fish :| haha

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                    • #11

                      It may be been good that you lost that particular deal. I have a tote that was painted 3 years ago with one of the specialty plastic-bonding paints, but the paint is continually flaking off in small pieces. The totes are made of polyethylene which is flexible and difficult to glue or paint.

                      It does seem that people are buying them up for resale lately... I guess anything to make a buck in difficult times. You might have to think like them to get a good deal and find the source. Check with fertilizer stores, bakeries, or any manufacturer that uses a lot of bulk liquids. The last one I got had soy milk in it.

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                      • #12

                        oh HEY! Good thinking Steve!!!
                        Thanks for the advice!

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                        • #13

                          Those totes are soo handy--My BIL was able to get me 5 of them a few years back....But, the company now takes deposits on them and has to send the old ones back...they even made great goat houses for my two wethers....Now when I got these they had a coating in them that they use on the shopping carts but,they all have labels on them with an x on the label--there will be 4 numbers in that x-all ranging between 0-4.....those numbers will tell you how toxic that product is...Mine had all 0's except for one 1...... I just cut the tops off and took them to the car wash since I didn't have a power washer to give them a good wash and then when I got them home I filled them up with water and added PP(not sure if you still can but, I got my PP on ebay)...
                          Lawanna

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                          • #14

                            More good info on those totes!!!!!!
                            Thanks Tranquility!
                            I really don't want to pay $250 for one of them. I'm thinking i will need at least 4 of them... if not MORE come later on.
                            Oh and the ones that would cost $250 are ones that had like fertilizer in them.
                            Any other good options for settling tanks/ mechanical filters? other than nexus sieves? that I believe cost well over $1200?
                            I guess I should of been a lawyer with the money it takes to be in this hobby.

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                            • #15

                              Originally posted by rifraf View Post
                              More good info on those totes!!!!!!
                              Thanks Tranquility!
                              I really don't want to pay $250 for one of them. I'm thinking i will need at least 4 of them... if not MORE come later on.
                              Oh and the ones that would cost $250 are ones that had like fertilizer in them.
                              Any other good options for settling tanks/ mechanical filters? other than nexus sieves? that I believe cost well over $1200?
                              I guess I should of been a lawyer with the money it takes to be in this hobby.
                              The totes are a step up from the limiting size of the 55 gallon barrels.



                              For other options look at farm supply poly tanks.

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