Brute 32 Gallon is it ok to use as a holding tank for a drip system?.

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by ilovetoskiatalta, Jun 30, 2018.


    ilovetoskiatalta Well-Known Member

    I am wondering if using a Brute 32 gallon pale is ok for my drip system? Hydro shop keeps talking about "food grade". I have read that leaching of phosphates is the reason. Any input is great.

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    It's fine for water. Once you add nutes though, I'm not sure.

    Larry3215 Well-Known Member

    This is the first Ive heard of needing "food grade" plastic containers for hydro. I cant remember a single example of anyone going that far. All the ones I know about use plain old Home Depot buckets or totes, etc. What ever is cheap and available.

    Do you have a link for that recommendation to use food grade plastic and the leaching of phosphates?

    socaljoe Well-Known Member

    Search Craigslist and see if anyone is selling HDPE barrels near you. I got 55 gallon barrels for $10 each. Worth a look.
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    ilovetoskiatalta Well-Known Member

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    Does the recycled or "virgin material" matter in this case? I only store H2O...I think I am "mind fucking" tis?
    @BobBitchen this might help during ski season. It took a couple hours to get it dialed in. 13 drip points with a 396 gpm pump for two minutes twice a week. So far so good.
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    dstroy Well-Known Member

    I have two 44 gal brutes, use one as a RO holding tank and the other as a nutrient solution res. Seems to work fine. They are NSF 2 (food equipment) and 21 (thermoplastic refuse container) compliant. They are convenient to move around, easy to clean, and has an ok footprint. It's almost like they were made for holding water instead of garbage.

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