IBC Aquaponics

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3-tote system - Design questions and pump size questions

Started by Blake Allen. Last reply by Jeff S yesterday. 25 Replies

Hi guys,Long time luker, first time posting.  I made a small 50 gallon system out of two large tupperware containers that worked great for about a year.  I've sinced moved homes and my system broke…Continue

Wintering your IBC tote/ fish tank

Started by Angela Pierce. Last reply by Jeff S Mar 4. 24 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

Leaking IBC

Started by Arthur King, Jr.. Last reply by Jim Fisk Feb 11. 19 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

Getting fish out

Started by Steve Armeros. Last reply by Phil Slaton Oct 23, 2014. 12 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

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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?

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.


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