Only a fellow goldfish keeper could understand being so excited about a big old plastic tub, but last week I scored a Laguna 60 gallon basin for only $17 from my local fish store! It was used and pretty grimy, so it needed some cleaning. Luckily, we finally had a nice sunny day over the weekend, so I spent a good chunk of time cleaning it up.
Before... ew I'm not gonna put my fish in that!
After scrubbing with water to remove dirt, rinsing, scrubbing with vinegar to remove hard water stains, rinsing again, and finally scrubbing with bleach to sterilize, and then rinsing one last time. Much better!
The tub holds 60 gallons and the dimensions are 42" x 28.5" x 12". There is a 1.25" diameter hole about an inch down from the rim on one side. I think when you buy the tub brand new it comes with a plug for that, but my used one didn't come with anything. I might go look at the hardware store for something to plug it with, but it's not that big of a deal anyways.
The plan is to put this tub in my basement for a place to spawn my goldfish and grow out fry, etc. :)