IBC Aquaponics

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Requesting help with media/plants

Started by Mike Beckman. Last reply by Mike Beckman Aug 17. 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. 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. 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

Source for IBC Totes in North Pugt sound

Started by Carla&Dave Jun 22. 0 Replies

They usually have 2 or 3 available each (253) 269-2928 3715 Irongate Rd, Bellingham, WaContinue

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Comment by Matt Miskinnis on March 18, 2013 at 4:31pm

I like it when people say "you know, the tube part" 

Comment by Jim Fisk on March 18, 2013 at 2:21pm

Parts to a simple siphon and what they are called. There seems to be some confusion among some as to what the parts are called and it makes it very hard to have a meaningful discussion so I threw this together:

Comment by TCLynx on March 12, 2013 at 6:20pm

Soap can be very difficult to rinse completely out of containers and it can be very deadly to fish.
(This is why they say never to use soap of any kind to clean an aquarium.)

If you already own the IBC then you might rinse and rinse and rinse and rinse and rinse it until it doesn't bubble or sudz anymore and then rinse it some more. 

I've heard some people say then you should use vinegar, I'm not sure if it will make much difference.

Then you fill the IBC with water and leave it sit till it grows some algae.

Then you put some sacrificial fish in it to see if they survive.  Mosquito fish are a hardy fish that will also keep skeeters from breeding.  However they may be too hardy since the ones I have will survive things that would kill other fish easily and so they may not be the best fish to use as canaries.

If you don't already have the soapy IBC's I'll recommend perhaps trying to get ones that had something else in them.

Comment by Brad Moreau on March 12, 2013 at 4:18pm

anybody use ibc that stored liquid soap, can they be cleaned out good enough for fish tank? 

Comment by Cliff Dillon on March 11, 2013 at 3:50pm

I got the IBCs from an add off of craigslist.  The guy was selling them for $75 each but since I bought so many he agreed to sell them for $40 each and deliver them to me.  The guy is out of Crystal Lake, IL which is a suburb of Chicago.  If anyone in the area needs IBCs I can ask him if he minds me posting his contact info.  He told me he sells about 1000 IBCs every year so he has a continuous supply. 

As far as the greenhouse goes I am pretty cheap too.  I bought it used for $1600 and had to disassemble it myself which I did last fall.  I plan and constructing it this spring/summer.  I am a newbie to aquaponics but a long time gardener and I have raised fish before in the past.  Eventually I would like to turn this venture into a business but for now it is just an experimental hobby.  I plan on using 4 of the IBCs as a rain collection system to fill aquaponics and to water my non-aquaponics grow beds.  The remaining IBCs are for the aquaoponics and I have been toying with different designs using google sketch.




Comment by Jim Fisk on March 11, 2013 at 7:52am

Hi Cliff,

That all sounds very exciting indeed. Let us know how you found all those. I was on a trip to N. Maine last Fall and pulled into a rest area about 3 am and parked next to a Cummins Ram just like mine and he had as I recall 40 IBCs between his truck bed and a huge flatbed trailer in tow. He was fast asleep so I never got ask where he was headed. Still haunts me

The check valve is used to prevent backflow during power down. I have a branch off the sump bypass line headed for the woodstove heater coil that would instantly loose the prime (flow backwards and empty the pipe) and need special attention every time to force it up over a doorway again or risk melted pvc pipes. Valve corrected that perfectly so far. Ck out the little blog I wrote on it. I love making most everything myself. Working on a swirl/bio-filter right now from junk parts. Pics soon. Mostly cause I'm cheap

Your GH is twice the size of mine so have at it. I figure my set up when completed should feed a couple families so yours should be commercially viable. Simply awesome!

Comment by Cliff Dillon on March 10, 2013 at 8:49pm

Hello all,

I am fairly new to aquaponics and new to this forum.  I have a small barrel system in my basement but am planning on building a large IBC tote system in a green house this spring/summer.  I have 12 IBC 275 gal and a 900 sq ft greenhouse.  I haven't installed the greenhouse yet otherwise I would start building now.  Anyway I just finished reading all the threads here and saw Jim's diagram of a check valve.  What is that used for?  I have not seen anything like that before.

Comment by Matt Miskinnis on March 5, 2013 at 6:34pm

Doh! my bad.. 

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?


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