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I currently house my Oscar in my 55gal tank in my kitchen. Well we are redoing our floors on Tuesday and have already begun to rip up the old floors. My question is when I dismantle his tank what should I put him in? Will a 40 gal rubbermaid tub work or will that bow? If I were to do that do you think I could leave him in there for a day if my OTB filter will fit on the side? I don't think I would be able to put my canister on cause the rubbermaid would be on the hallway floor and at the same level with the canister. What should I do? I was hoping to dismantle his tank Mon evening and hopefully get his tank back up and running Tues evening??
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A big rubbermaid will work. I have used rubbermaids as long-term aquariums in the past. I bet your canister will still work fine. If your OTB fits that will be fine too. Realistically, you don't need any filter for that short period of time, just anything for aeration. A bubbler and maybe a heater is all you need. Toss some prime in there Tuesday morning to kill whatever ammonia arises. Don't feed and keep the lid on but not snapped shut and the bubbler will keep enough fresh air and aeration for oxygenation.

Also, keep your gravel and filters moist so the bacteria doesn't die off and do expect a 'mini-cycle' when you get going again.

I have housed 3 10' fish in a 40ish gallon rubbermaid for 10 hrs before without any problems (no filteration, bubbler or heater either. 24 hours is long enough I'd add the bubbler.

When you put them back in the tank try to get the tank temp to match the rubbermaid temp then slowly adjust it to where you want it to be.
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