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what can should I buy as a holding container for off gassing before WC?

i need something big enough to hold 40gallons of water. I don't want to spend a bunch of money either, any suggestions?

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http://www.lowes.ca/totes-bins-boxes/centrex-plastics-llc-rugged-189-l-tote-with-standard-snap-lid_g1191369.html?ProductSlot=4

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Should be OK - I've had a similar looking (just flatter) container in my yard with 30g in it for some time, without problems.....
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How long does /will it take to Degas's that amount of water?

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I use a cheap Rubbermaid 45g trash can on wheels and I think people typically recommend 24 hours for the water to set.


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Do you put a heater and pump in?

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Check out food grade barrels, check kijiji. I've seen them go pretty cheap, just be sure they are food grade and clean them well. I got a couple of huge barrels that were for used for olives.
Check or call any large bakeries or restaurants and ask them if they have any.
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Thanks for the great tip. I just checked Kijiji and found a bunch of them near by for only $20. I will get one of those.

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I add a pump, and the water can be ready in half an hour. With no pump I let it sit overnight.

Put the pump at the bottom, middle, and aim it vertically, so there is a column of water being directed up to the surface. At the surface it will sheet over to the sides, then down to mix with the rest of the water. While it is at the surface the excess gas will leave. Chlorine, too, if your water company uses chlorine. (Not chloramine). The larger the surface area, the faster the gas leaves.

Warmer water holds less gas, so if you can warm it, this will help, too. Good idea to warm it to aquarium temperature before adding it to the tank. I add an aquarium heater or else heat a small amount of water on the stove and pour it in. If I am only going to wait a short time. I will partially fill the container from the hot water tap.

I use the Rubbermaid Brute. I find that square or rectangular storage bins can bow outward, and eventually crack. I have trimmed the lid to make a sort of reinforcing frame around the rim, and this helps a lot.
Round storage containers seem OK with water, they cannot bow outward, at least.
The one you linked might be so long, and so prone to bowing outward that even a trimmed lid might not help. The box will pop out from under the rim of the lid. I would select something closer to round, if at all possible.
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Glad to help,
+1 to Diana with the pump info.
I use 1 of those barrels in my crawlspace to store RO water, which I can then pump up to the house when I do water changes.
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If you are trying to remove the chlorine from the water this won't work if your water company has switched to chloramine for disinfecting their water. It takes something like Seachem Prime to get rid of chloramine, and you can do that just as well by adding it to the tank when you add the new water. It is a lot easier that way.

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