IBC Aquaponics

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Getting fish out

Started by Steve Armeros. Last reply by Jim Fisk Aug 30. 11 Replies

I posted under the wrong area with question..Hello AllIs there an easy way to get gold fish out of the Tote?  These suckers are really fast to net.SteveContinue


Started by Steve Armeros. Last reply by Jim Fisk Jun 17. 5 Replies

Posted wrong the first time.I am getting a build up of algae in the tote etc.  Water is turning green  .Am I overfeeding? Have Tilapia in there and all seems well.Any advice?SteveThanksContinue

Making An Automatic Fish Feeder For Your IBC (or any fish tank)

Started by Jim Fisk. Last reply by Jim Fisk May 23. 8 Replies

Not wanting to be tied down to feeding time I came up with a simple feeder design using an auger, 1" T, 1" 90, 1" plug, short 1" S&D pipe, an impulse timer, a gear head motor, and a timer clock…Continue

Leaking IBC

Started by Arthur King, Jr.. Last reply by Jeff S May 15. 15 Replies

I went to feed my fish this morning and it seems my IBM has sprung a leak!  Anyone have experience with this.  It is lest than a year in service, I would not have expected a failure this…Continue

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Comment by DJ Wambach on July 6, 2014 at 3:44pm

Thanks Jim, I like the freezer idea I was thinking of just using one to cool a coil of black pipe. Sort of the flip side of a sun heater but I like the added fish tank .

Comment by Jim Fisk on July 1, 2014 at 8:30am

Another thing that might help is an old chest freezer used as a FT and replace the t-stat with a room temp t-stat. I have that in my original plan but have not found a suitable freezer other than the 2 we use for our farm animals, etc. The wife won't let me have one of those bu I am on the lookout. Just be careful to avoid hitting the coils if you drill for pipes. One way of doing that is to turn it on open and the frost will show you the plumbing pretty quick.

Comment by Jim Fisk on July 1, 2014 at 8:25am

Some form of evaporative cooling at night might help. Also search the same on here. Rob has done some good work on that. I heard years ago that you can form ice on a clear night in the desert via evap cooling by insulating during the day and exposing the water at night. You are certainly fighting a hard battle.

Here I just let my artesian well overflow the sump when the sys temp hits 72F or higher. That also saturates the ground around the 275g sump which helps as well. I also keep 4 one gal juice bottles full and frozen in the deep freeze in case we hit a hot spell but here in the mountains I have only had to use them a couple of times. I place one in each of the 2 trout tanks and of course they float and bath the fish in cool water. 109F is tough. Run for the mountains and don't look back

Comment by DJ Wambach on July 1, 2014 at 7:44am

Temp hit 109*F here in Southern UT and my water temp was about 90*F in my IBC tank. I just put foam all the way around it and a lid. the sump is in the ground. Any ideas on keeping this cool?

Comment by DJ Wambach on June 30, 2014 at 8:14am


I put 2 inch foam around the fish tank this weekend to help keep the temp down.

Comment by Steve Armeros on June 17, 2014 at 2:14pm

Thank you to all who have helped on the algae problem.  It's great that we all help each other.


Comment by Jeff S on June 17, 2014 at 1:51pm

I had a similar problem when I first started. The sides of the tank were dark from the algae. I bought an algae eating fish and he seemed to take care of the problem. I have a lot of Tilapia now in the tank and they immediately clean up any algae that occurs. I haven't coated or covered the IBC and don't have algae now but in the winter I will be insulating all my IBCs.

Comment by Jim Fisk on June 17, 2014 at 12:16pm

Keep in mind I am running fresh sump water only with no fish waste as the sump is after the media grow beds. Fish waste solids could make quite a mess in there as it will trap everything.

Comment by Jim Fisk on June 17, 2014 at 12:14pm

Hey Steve. This seems to be a common start up phase. We were hit hard as well way back when during our late cycling period. My answer was a trip to Wally World and a 10.00 bag of poly fil which I used to fill a 30 gal barrel. I fed it bypass water only into a slotted (on the chop saw) 1 1/2" pipe in the center of the lid and exit at the side T and right back in to the below grade sump. It trapped all the little buggers  and it cleared up the water in less than 2 days. Here is an old picture, pretty simple and I still have it online 2 years later: (I also run an air stone in it but just as a precaution against any anaerobes as I don't run much water thru it depending on what else needs flow)

Comment by Leo White Bear on June 17, 2014 at 11:23am

Depending on the amount of algae you have, you can block off the light to the tote.  If you have a green slime algae, you need to do a water change and also block off the light to the tank.  Use a cover that blocks light but allows for air exchange easily, 75 - 90% shadecloth works great for the top.  The sides are a different matter.  You can use 1" Styrofoam insulation for this or better yet, use the reflective foam insulation.


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