IBC Aquaponics

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Wintering your IBC tote/ fish tank

Started by Angela Pierce. Last reply by Jim Fisk Mar 4. 21 Replies

This is my first year with Tilapia in an IBC tote, I have them in my greenhouse. I am wondering what others will do for winter? Ie, insulating tank, running grow beds, heater???Continue

getting rid of algea

Started by Bob Gee. Last reply by Jeff S Feb 25. 9 Replies

We have our system in an enclosed green house and was wondering if anyone has any helpful tips on how to get rid of algea. It's in the tanks, growbeds and even the greenhouse cover. Does anyone know…Continue

How Do You Plumb Your IBC Fish Tank?

Started by Jim Fisk. Last reply by Jim Fisk Jan 5. 16 Replies

I erroneously put this discussion on Page 2. Not really sure anyone will find page 2. For now I'll leave it there but wanted you all to know it existed. Continue

Suitable Water Totes

Started by Curt Decker. Last reply by Curt Decker Dec 23, 2013. 7 Replies

I'm at @$120 for foof grade tote OR tote that had water soluble glue which peels out like dried paint @ $60.In Phoenix AZ. looking to buy 2 totes. Which way do I jump? Thanks. All comments welcome.Continue

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Comment by Jim Fisk on March 5, 2013 at 3:48pm

Hey Matt, remember to just click on a person's avatar and you learn all about them. Having said that, Near Bristol (raceway) TN.

Comment by Matt Miskinnis on March 5, 2013 at 1:35pm

Jim where are you located at?

Comment by Jim Fisk on March 5, 2013 at 12:31pm

Keep in mind that most barrel resellers pay nothing for them at least around here. I stopped at a local used barrel dealer and asked about IBCs and he told me there was no market but he sees them all the time. I offered him 25.00 and he got me 4 330 gal tanks pronto. Ask around. They were all veg based cutting oil. Harder to clean than you think but non toxic so not as critical. He sells them now to others at 45.00 and can't keep them in stock. He'll still sell them to me at 25.00 because I turned him on to them. Pretty sweet. Haven't seen any there lately though and I need 2 more.

Comment by coty on March 5, 2013 at 8:47am
I paid $100 for my tote and it was already cut. The guy i got it from used it to store spare saltwater for his coral tank and the guy he got i from grew tilapia in it
Comment by Jim Fisk on March 5, 2013 at 6:17am

Hey Matt, I would worry less about food grade than water soluble. I have used Round Up ibcs and they were by far the easiest to wash out. I believe we covered a lot of that under "washing that ibc" Food grade that have been used to store old motor oil I would not even consider. Keep in mind they sell for about 5-600.00 new. Keep cking Craigs list and ask all around. Drive thru every ind. park around and spy on their backyards. Snap On uses veg based cutting oil just as an example.

Comment by Matt Miskinnis on March 4, 2013 at 4:01pm

I've been looking for an IBC, to use as a fish tank, the problem is here in AZ the only price I can find is usually $120+ for food grade.  I've seen some totes on craigslist for 50 bucks, but they aren't food grade.  If anyone can help on this money saver I'd be more than interested to listen....

Comment by Jim Fisk on March 4, 2013 at 3:43pm

BTW , don't forget Also, if you bring those numbers I gave you to Lowes they will find them. I bet they have them. Items can be right in front of you there and yet very hard to see. Drives me crazy.

Also I see we are over 50 members now. Let's make an impact by every member giving a "Like" above. That could cause a stir

Also, start new topics and ask questions. I promise to get some more IBC stuff on here soon as well. One thing that could be helpful to new addicts would be what have you paid for your IBCs in your area. I'll start a new topic, or anyone, on prices, if members want.

Comment by Jim Fisk on March 4, 2013 at 3:04pm

Hey guys, just got back from a service call. Here is a pic of my check valve which as it happens uses the exact same adapters which work perfectly with the ping pong ball and the Lowes part numbers are listed.

Comment by Vince O'Connor on March 4, 2013 at 2:41pm

What a refreshing and comforting feeling it is for an AP newbie to have such experience available to them in the start up period. All of the advice and suggestions regarding the Affnan's bell siphon formula are welcomed and come at the appropriate time and as time permits, will go to it. If I had that valuable information several weeks ago, I'd already have it installed. Thanks to all for the help. 

Comment by Pat James on March 4, 2013 at 10:56am

Jim Fisk said: Hey, do what you want but I don't want to hear about problems if you ignore this proven formula. That vastly increased spillway 2" funnel makes ALL the difference in my opinion. 9 mos now of continuously running 5 siphons and not one glitch. I have 31 of them that I have sold now and not a single complaint.

No kidding. I don't know if I had already ordered my fittings online or if I h...

Having trouble finding those adapters in the big box stores here. The ones they have here are a different shape. Not the funnel like in his pics.

To change it around will cost a fair amount of money, but i might be forced into it.. (I'm a tightwad) And my wife is already giving me grief for all the money I have spent so far...and she doesn't really know how much that is....


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