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Old 10-05-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Any experience with 300g rubbermaid/galvanized stock tanks?


I'm actually looking to start a "pond" for a couple smaller turtle pairs, and I was hoping to do this with a big stock tank in my new (new is a relative term) basement. I saw a brand new 300g plastic stock tank at an extremely cheap price recently, and decided to look into it a bit more. I looked online for reviews, and I kept reading about how these things will form cracks, and eventually start leaking. I then called the store to see if they still had them at the price I saw, and the guy I talked to basically flat out told me not to buy one, due to how many he has to return for that very reason. I then started looking into the galvanized steel stock tanks, and I got the impression that these actually leaked more often than the rubbermaid stock tanks.

I'm just wondering what everyone's experience is with these stock tanks, if you guys have heard of any problems with cracks or leaks, and any recommendations for something similar with fewer problems? Much appreciated!
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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You could always put a pond liner in it and just set it up like that from the get go so no worries about leaking.

My friend has a 100 gallon plus galvanized steel stock tank under her patio and it is several yrs old, never leaked but again a pond liner would take care of your worry.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:17 AM   #3
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I would do a pond liner as suggested above, just in case. I've personally seen a couple of them that have been running for 5-6 years without ever leaking
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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My experience is with actual stock (horses, cattle) and the things seem indestructible. These are older ones, though. Perhaps that specific run of them has problems?

Ditto the pond liner, but then you have spend double the money.

Are pond liners turtle-safe? Some turtles have strong claws. If so, maybe you could make the pond outline with wood, concrete block or other shape.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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Ditto what she said (:-). Rubbermaid tanks are one of life's great bargains. My horses chew them and kick them and in winter they can have a foot of ice in them. Ten years later they are good as new. Get them from a farm coop if you can or Tractor Supply - what they sell in Lowes and HD may be the kind of junk that people recommend against but you will not go wrong with Rubbermaid. Btw, they are pretty heavy. Galvanized WILL rust -- especially if you use fertilizer.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:20 PM   #6
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I made a goldfish pond out of a rubbermaid stock tank. I got a piece of it (a circle from the middle of a hole that I cut for plumbing) and tried to destroy it. I couldn't. I put it in a vice, bent it with pliers, twisted it - tried to make it crack or break. Couldn't do it - rock solid.
They're not made out of brittle plastic, but a very dense, durable expanded foam type of material.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:28 AM   #7
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That's a nice pond James. Is it buried or completely above ground? Do you have a journal/topic on your build?
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:48 AM   #8
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Thanks
I sunk the lower 8" or so in the ground, the rest is above ground and faced with rocks.
I have some build pics, but I didn't start a topic on it. I had to send my wife away for a weekend and knock this project out as a surprise, during the hottest 2 days of the year of course.

The upper container is planted with water hyacinth during the warmer months, and lots of water lettuce and duckweed in the main pond.
The plants are the filter - it works extraordinarily well.
I do have some lava rock in the container above where the waterfall is as well - just for grins. It helps catch particulate matter.

I filled soil around the gaps, placed rocks, planted, etc.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:33 AM   #9
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Thanks for the ideas. I love the fact that you plumbed the side of the tub instead of just running a hose out the top.

Do you have a picture of the completed waterfall area? Video?
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:01 PM   #10
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A few more pics.
Those hyacinths were just a few, and small at the beginning of this last season. All that biomass is converted nutrients - best filters ever.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #11
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Wow. that is beautiful. I love how you covered it up with rocks and stuff. I would never be able to tell that it was a rubbermaid tub
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:16 AM   #12
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The only filtration you are running are the plants in the pond and the lava rock/floaters in the container/waterfall?
We need a quick video of this thing running
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Awesome thread. I found an empty one in friend's backyard a while back, and I just saw 3 of the galvanized tanks in a horse lot that was being torn down, I may just have to see if I can buy it off them!
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A few more pics.
Those hyacinths were just a few, and small at the beginning of this last season. All that biomass is converted nutrients - best filters ever.

Wow that came out great .
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:35 AM   #15
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Ditto what she said (:-). Rubbermaid tanks are one of life's great bargains. My horses chew them and kick them and in winter they can have a foot of ice in them. Ten years later they are good as new. Get them from a farm coop if you can or Tractor Supply - what they sell in Lowes and HD may be the kind of junk that people recommend against but you will not go wrong with Rubbermaid. Btw, they are pretty heavy. Galvanized WILL rust -- especially if you use fertilizer.


Rubbermaid hasn't cut back on quality in order to keep prices low. The prices go up but I too have Rubbermaid and rather pay more for stock tanks that laugh at the Miami sun than something cheaper which will crack.

Lady down the block has pygmy goats and has Rubbermaid over 15 years .
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