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    Plastic pools and other water tray substitutes

    So I've been looking for some plastic kiddie pools to keep my outdoor plants in, except I can't find them anywhere. I've tried hardware stores, dollar stores, etc. and everybody has those soft-sided pools nowadays it seems. I just need some really big trays - any suggestions?
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    Target, Walmart,...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Target, Walmart,...
    Aha, yes, my arch nemeses...
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    Cement mixing tubs are good too, I use those as big water trays or bog gardens :-)

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    One of the trays I'm using is a Sterilite brand stoarge bin usually used for under the under bed storage. Someone gave it to me for free. It's about 18 inches by 4 feet and 8 inches deep.

    I've used Sterilte/rubermaid similar trays in various sizes, but they don't seem to last terribly long maybe two years. The UV/outdoor conditions eventually ruins the plastic, making it very brittle. At the end of the season I'd pick up a tray and the side or edges would snap off.

    John Phillip of the NECPS occasionally would bring in fish trays and they seem very sturdy. They are about 18 inches by 12 inches and two inches tall. I like them for my VFTs since the water never gets too deep when it rains.

    Pricey, but sturdy would be trays restaurants use when the busboys clean tables. You can find them at restaurant suppliers.

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    Oh, for LARGE scale operations, Ive seen pond liner and a box made of 2 x 4's used too. That can get kinda pricey though.

    The initial shape of of your water "trough" would be the 2 x 4's which will serve as your "skeleton" -- once you drape the pond liner over it, viola! A nice water trough for ya!

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    I think there are some in Toys-R-Us.
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    Sams, busboy tubs. Mine have lasted about 8 years so far.

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