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How flexible are IBM Totes?

Started by Craig Shevlin. Last reply by Jeff S Jan 2. 7 Replies

I need to bring 3 totes into basement.I will be cutting off the top 1 foot.How flexible are the totes to fold back to get through a 3' door way?Would rather not take door jams apart.CraigContinue

Requesting help with media/plants

Started by Mike Beckman. Last reply by Mike Beckman Aug 17, 2015. 5 Replies

Hi there, my IBC tote system is functioning well, fish are getting bigger(started with goldfish) and plant growth is amazing however fruit production is disappointing to say the least.  Several posts…Continue

IBC Tank Drain - Fish Screen

Started by Jeff Guykema. Last reply by Jeff S Aug 9, 2015. 6 Replies

I saw someone use the IBC drain as the solids outlet run out to a sweeping 90 to veritcal into a radial flow filter.  Thought that was a great way to go until it was time to put fish in...  hmmm, how…Continue

Update to my IBC system

Started by Mike Beckman. Last reply by Jeff S Jul 21, 2015. 9 Replies

 Plants are doing amazing.  Peas growing all over the rafters, squash growing over the media bed, down to the floor, tomatoes tied up to the rafter and flowers everywhere however, fruit production…Continue

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Comment by Jeff S 15 hours ago

Most IBCs have flat sides. This is the source for the kit But you can build it yourself. Go to your local big box store and get a piece of 3/16" Lexan polycarbonate, some 5/16" stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers. Cut to the size you want and follow the video. You just have to drill the holes in the Lexan first. Don't forget the silicone. If I ever drain my tank I'll put one in mine.

Comment by Bernie Diesen 19 hours ago

Thanks Jeff

The video is very good - but I can't find the source for the window.  Also, does the IBC Tote have enough flat space to mount a window. I am using the 330g version.

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Comment by Bernie Diesen yesterday

Can an observation window be put in an IBC Tote?  If so, where can I get a couple of window kits.

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 24, 2016 at 3:50pm

A few turns about every other day. Like I said it could use a hand crank rather than the fancy gearhead motor and trip switches I used.

Comment by Jeff S on April 24, 2016 at 2:15pm

Fascinating. Do you add the bacteria? Can you just run it on an as needed basis or does it need to run continuously?

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 22, 2016 at 1:10pm

No worms involved, lol. Just trillions and trillions of thermophile bacteria. That's why it hits 170- 180F. No seeds or anaerobes survive. It is very similar to making yogurt in that the only bacteria left are the good guys. Cold compost is full of weed seeds, bugs, veggie seeds, etc. and can be a real PITA. It does require grinding and inoculating with either the unavoidable balls that are screened out or starter bacteria to start off although the grinding is the real trick as it increases surface area for the bacteria to attack and thrive on and explode in numbers literally overnight.

Comment by Jeff S on April 22, 2016 at 12:03pm

Which is why I have 4 bins.

Comment by Jeff S on April 22, 2016 at 12:03pm

It's just amazing to me that you can make complete compost in 2 weeks. Even with turning and lots of worms it takes me a year.

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 22, 2016 at 11:57am

Don't even have the new one built yet. That pic is from when we lived on Cape Cod. The next one will be PVC 55g drums as steel won't last more than a couple of years. It is on my To DO list and my wife claims it was the best compost she ever used so she is very behind getting another built (which never hurts, lol). Prisons have been a big fan of the plans all these years strangely enough. You only rotate it a couple turns about every other day so the gearhead motor could easily be replaced with a hand crank.


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