I was at Sams Club today and came across these:
We drink a lot of bottled water, and used to refill more expensive bottles at a "The Water Store." They went out of business by us years back and we have been refilling our jugs from grocery store machines.
This hasn't exactly worked out well. I have noticed the water from the grocery store machines gets a funny moldy or plastic taste after a short time sitting in the jug. I have tried bleaching and washing the jugs and nothing keeps the water from going bad. This caused us to get cases of regular sized bottles which end up having to be recycled.
Now the bottle doesn't say spring water but it's the same brand. If it turns out to be good I plan on getting these from now on!
I have been mulling over what to do with the bottles after we use them. I could recycle them but I remember seeing a thread someone commented on. It was a betta person in Thailand that said they re-use things a LOT there! This got me thinking about the size of the container, and the fact it is plastic and BPA free.
This may turn out to be just the thing I was looking for to turn into a betta barracks!
I could do a central drip system, but I am not sure I want to risk that. If I keep the fish I want to breed in this barracks and one got sick using this system I run the risk of loosing my entire breeding stock.
Another option is to invest in an industrial sized air pump and set the bottles up with sponge filters. I love sponge filters. This way I could keep each fish in its own container and there would be no cross contamination sharing water between tanks.
To do water changes I could get a large siphon and make some net dip in a bucket and disinfect the siphon between bottles possibly? Doing it this way I think there would be less of a chance to loose every fish I own to a disease unless perhaps I get careless or something happens beyond my control.
Perhaps I could set up my fish in the basement by the sump pump well. Our basement is not ideal for fish, but perhaps I could construct a system similar to what the Thailand breeders use. I could cut drain holes in the back of the bottles, screen or stopper them somehow, and fill a tank with aged dechlorinated water. I would fill the bottles with the new water and let the old water drain into gutters which could run right into the sump pump well and out into whatever the sump pump drains into. (This sounds complicated, but worth jotting down.)
If the water IS good I am guessing I will accumulate about 5 of these per month equaling roughly 60 per year. That's one heck of a lot of recycled 4 gallon bottles. I don't think I am going to have 30 breeding pairs... EVER... at one time LOL!!!
These bottles would be great for making green water (if I can manage to make more then mosquito larvae and Cyanobacteria (blue green algae aka gross pond scum)...., and perhaps even use them for spawning once I get the hang of breeding. I could even take a couple and sink them into the gardens and make small stone covered water features with a pump that lifts water up past a lid that can drain water back into the bottle. Maybe even just the top of the lid inverted and placed upside down back into the bottle like a funnel. Features this size would look nice in the warmer months placed on either side of the walk leading to the front door.