IBC tote Aquaponics system update

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I converted an IBC tote to an Aquaponics setup. I used Ideas from many other setups and made one of my own. I am hoping to have fish soon.This is a remake of…

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17 Responses to IBC tote Aquaponics system update

  1. Great idea with the PVC caps.

    Greg W
    April 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  2. @Pratichetti If you have a large enough panel to run a pump I say go for
    it. As long as you have the backup system for night time.

    Steve Stark
    April 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm

  3. I also have the thorough step-by-step training video guidelines on how to
    make your very own homemade Aquaponic system. Its really easy that even
    your grandma is able to do it! Have a look at here for additional
    information: aquaponics-guide.help1.info

    Herrick Cockings
    April 23, 2014 at 12:08 am

  4. @thededphish The fittings I used for the Standpipe and drain are actually
    1″ electrical fittings, they are grey PVC 1″male pipe thread to slip and 1″
    female pipe thread to slip. These fittings are identical to the equivalent
    plumbing fittings with the exception being the tapering of the fittings.
    This allows the fittings to tighten down better and make a good tight seal
    through the grow bed. You can look at my more recent video where I added a
    2 inch pipe through the side of the tank.

    Steve Stark
    April 23, 2014 at 12:55 am

  5. I actually shut down the system this past fall. I guess I should post a
    video explaining why. I was on my second pump and it locked up after a
    power failure.I was able to put the fish in a friends pond so it worked out
    ok.I just decided I was not going to pay for another pump at this time. My
    goal is to build an ornamental pond and cycle that water through some grow
    beds at some point. I really enjoyed the system and it produced well.My
    most important tip would be pump selection!

    Steve Stark
    April 23, 2014 at 1:23 am

  6. @NoNonesenseRick , Buckner Barrels in Springville,AL, Also warehouse in NC.
    * NOTE: Make sure you buy one that has been used for food grade use only.

    Bill McTyeire
    April 23, 2014 at 1:34 am

  7. Aireeation? ROFLMAO

    April 23, 2014 at 2:14 am

  8. @NoNonesenseRick Cost for IBC Aquaponics system $40.00 IBC(You can find
    these on Craigslist) $52.50 Pea Gravel 15 bags x $3.50 =$52.50 $100.00
    Wayne Waterfall Pump, Model# BASS2400 (Northern Tool) $36.00 Aqueon Pro
    Heater 250 watt (Enought wattage to temper the water at real cold temps)
    $80 to $100 PVC pipe and other misc supplies(will try to get list of these
    later) Approx $328.50 Rick, you might be able to do it for less. I tend to
    overbuild things. Steve

    Steve Stark
    April 23, 2014 at 2:31 am

  9. So, I see this has been a system in use now for more than approx. 2 years
    Steve. I am in Georgia and want to do this to help me toward self-reliance.
    My question please is, How do you like the system now and what would you do
    different if or when you could do it again. And is there any updates that I
    do not see on your channel that will help me make the bast system I can?
    Finally, THANK YOU for your inspiration. This video showed me a way to do
    what I have been putting off till now. Thanks!

    April 23, 2014 at 3:30 am

  10. What type of pvc fitting do you use to join the standpipe and drain pipe to
    the growbed? And is the aluminum frame strong enough to support a full

    April 23, 2014 at 4:04 am

  11. The pumps that I choose were chosen mainly for water volume and I think
    that was a mistake. If I were to go at it again I would choose a pump that
    is more designed for 24/7 operation. Most likely a magnetic drive pump.
    Hope this helps! Steve

    Steve Stark
    April 23, 2014 at 4:56 am

  12. Nice work

    khalid S
    April 23, 2014 at 5:30 am

  13. @thededphish For the 2″ pipe I used the same style grey fittings but in 2″
    size. Using the metal cage as a frame for the grow bed works great for the
    side but is not strong enough for the bottom with a full bed of pea gravel.
    Plan on adding more support for the bottom of the bed. You can see I had to
    do that with 2×4’s. Hope this helps! Steve

    Steve Stark
    April 23, 2014 at 6:27 am

  14. Buckner Barrels in Springville,AL, Also warehouse in NC. * NOTE: Make sure
    you buy one that has been used for food grade use only.

    Bill McTyeire
    April 23, 2014 at 7:09 am

  15. Excellent craftsmanship and overall really really nice build. Good job!!

    April 23, 2014 at 7:58 am

  16. Brilliant! I’ve never seen a spray bar. I love the other additions mods
    you’ve got here. Thanks for the post!

    Shannon Jensen
    April 23, 2014 at 8:22 am

  17. What was the total cost of the project? did you pay for the IBC tank or got
    for free somewhere! what are the ususal places you can get them at for low
    or for free?

    April 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

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