Alternative top off containers

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  1. Jeremy P

    Jeremy P Senior Member
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    I'm currently using a 5-gallon bucket but I need something a little larger. Obviously an acrylic container is the gold standard but after hemorrhaging funds renovating two bathrooms I need to cut some corners. I've looked at storage containers but they are too flimsy and considered a 10 gallon aquarium or something similar. Does anyone have any other ideas.

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    I use a 12 gallon dog food container. It’s food grade safe, and no light can get-in so you don’t have to worry about algae growing.
    It holds enough water to last about a week and a half.


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    I actually use this container I got at Menards. Pretty sturdy, around 14 gallons, and includes locking lid. It's the biggest I could get into the space I wanted it to go. 2020-01-12 21.05.35.jpg
     
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    If you want to go really big you can get big barrels like vikingr8der has at the bottom of his pic for like $15 or so.

    Otherwise throw up a post in classifieds for what you want. Someone is likely hoarding what you need in a garage.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't considered a pet food container, and you're probably right, someone probably has the perfect solution in their basement or garage collecting dust. Might have to go to Menards and HD with a more open mind too.
     
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    I’m currently using a 16 gallon tall aquarium. I got the simple glass top for it so you don’t have significant evaporation.

    It’s a beauty Clark. I then put it in a decorative box.

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    No one's getting in that door ;)
     
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    We use aquariums, with the $1/gallon sale it's a good time if going that route.
     
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    That is why you are the president, and I'm not. That was my original mock-up, it was moved to the left side. That door is the entry to my "good ideas room" so it doesn't get much use.
     
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    Any of the pet food containers work great.
    I preferred having a translucent container so I could see the remaining water level without opening the lid.

    So you really only use the bathroom upstairs?
     
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