RDSB container

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by neo, 6 Jul 2010.

  1. neo

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    Hi,
    I am planning on setting up a remote DSB, purpose being for a larger DSB and to free-up some space in my sump for other things.
    I had a look at the big crate-like containers at plastic world but the walls are very thin and the containers will most probably deform when i add the sand/water.

    Any suggestions for what container i could use?
     
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  3. SIMS

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    alt buckets. Can connect them together cheaply and easily.
     
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    I think SIMS meant "Salt buckets".

    Neo - you can also use "meat buckets" as used in butcheries. These have quite strong walls.

    Go to your local "Plastics for Africa" or "Plastics Warehouse". They should have some of these meat containers or some other alternative for not too expensive.
     
  5. Suhayl

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    Try hth 10kg buckets, thats what I found to be strong. Than put 2 to 3 buckets in the sump. They can easily be removed later if you want.
     
  6. SIMS

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    salt buckets are perfect...and free if you use salt
     
  7. Steve Warren

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    From experience I know the meat buckets start to split.
     
  8. Steve Warren

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    They should work if that is large enough and they are put into the sump and supported by water, otherwise I think eventually they would break. Also I think neo wanted remote deep sand beds.
    If you only want a shallow water depth over the sand bed then the butchers bin should work, but not if it is full to the top. Round containers are stronger than rectangular containers, perishing of some plastics is also a concern.
     
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    Can also try the small Jo Jo tanks or drums. The 90L should be ok. And plus side is that your volume above sand can be very deep, so you add a lot of water to your system. Get a light above it and you can have your cheato there as well. Nice....
     
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    Shawson Plastics

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    R1600.00 (no lid) R1750.00 (with lid)
    - click on image for larger preview​
    Large food-grade bulk box size 900mm x600mm x610mm
     
  11. Suhayl

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    Ok you want strong than what I use for my horses, the buckets for the water and feed, indestructable. Try H.I. Merwitz in JHB.
     
  12. FransSny

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    neo , I used to do pre fabricated drop in koi ponds, here is a pic its made from foodgarde ABS & sonic welded.

    The guys who made mine ar every good and if you drop a name you might get discount...it can be made to any configuration . This one is 1, 8 x 1 , 2 x 1 mtr deep. Its so rigid there is no supports holding the structure together

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  13. MistaOrange

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    How much would one of these guys cost?;)
     
  14. Steve Warren

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    If it is full it also will eventually split, I know as we have used them. Round bins are less likely to split.
     
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    Like the previous one I think this would also need a frame. As a pond it would possibly be supported allround by the ground.
     
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    Yes, unsupported it will split. Many moons ago my brother used one as a temporary holder for Koi fish. Well his temporary was almost a year. Just need a welded frame around it, tight fitting to support it.

    Will hold almost 300L water. Space wise, it is better than a round JoJo drum.

    But it all depends, Neo never said how big he wants his RDSB. Also how much space do he have?
     
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