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    With Summer just around the corner this is a few questions to all of you who do summer tubs.
    What are a few tips you would suggest someone who's never done summer tubs do?
    What are some species you would recommend?
    Bare Bottom or gravel in the tubs?
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    i do totes all year around but this year i will be adding more. I put africans in them with sponge and a DIY filter (5 gallon bucket with lava rock, ceramic rings, and 100 micron filter sheets.

    A submersible water pump hooked to either hose or PVC that pumps water into the 5 gallon bucket and pvc returning the clean water back into the tote.

    The 5 gallon bucket sits on top of the tote.

    This filter can be made for less than $50.
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    Where do you get the tubs?

    Shelldwellers - Multifasciatus, Similis
    Cyprichromis - Utinta, Mpulungu
    Altolamprologus Sumbu dwarf
    Synodontis - petricola, polli, polli white, granulosus (w), Multipunctatus (w)




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    I have a Rubermade 110 gallon with DYI wet/dry and pump. $75



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    Feed Store.



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    i buy my IBC totes via Facebook or 5 miles
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    I may do some summer tubs this year, once pond cleanups are over.
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    The biggest problem I've had with summer tubs is temperature. In full sun they really get too hot. Morning sun and afternoon shade is much better, or dappled shade under trees. This applies to tubs with aquarium species of fish and plants. If you want to grow water lilies, then full sun is best.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    The biggest problem I've had with summer tubs is temperature. In full sun they really get too hot. Morning sun and afternoon shade is much better, or dappled shade under trees. This applies to tubs with aquarium species of fish and plants. If you want to grow water lilies, then full sun is best.
    Isn't it quite stressful for the fish with these temperature changes? 100 in the day and 80 at night. I know the lake water doesn't change that much.
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    The water temperature does not change quickly like air temperature, so what you get is something in the middle between day and night time air temperature. But as the summer progresses, the water temperature slowly goes up until it can reach levels that stress the fish.



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