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PostPosted: Feb 6th, '15, 21:29 
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Hi guys, need some help.....

I got two IBC's and have no idea how to cut them up? All I know is I would like a sump tank and a fish tank that I won't need to make bigger later on.

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Hi mate, here is what I did with 2 IBC's.
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That design allowed me to expand at a later time.
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That is such a pretty looking system..... :thumbright:

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Probably the best response I have ever seen to a Newbie question!
Way to go Mathew.

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Matthew, thank you so much that's perfect!!!! Great looking system


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A simple and PERFECT system .. :notworthy:

Actually, that system is likely a picture perfect way of showing HOW to do it.. IMHO...
It display all the theory of BYAP, showing the simple solids separation.. the media bed for Bio filtration, and the raft bed for main production..

The thing that I did with my raft bed, was to place it in an IBC frame and cover with Bird Netting ..
That gives a structure for supporting plants and protecting them... :thumbleft: especially from butterflies etc that seek to lay eggs on tasty vegies...
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and only criticism - I would have gone for a LIGHT color paint to increase heat reflection.
and if that is the best fault that one can find, then Mathew's system is OK..

and what paint did you use, given the problems with paint adhesion to HDPE..
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Great build Matthew :headbang:

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Thanks everyone! All the best RustyRapier! Looking forward to watching your build. Feel free to ask any questions and make sure you post lots of pics :thumbright:


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nice setup Mathew. And answers original question.

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I got two IBC's and have no idea how to cut them up? All I know is I would like a sump tank and a fish tank that I won't need to make bigger later on.

Rusty - you dont mention your aspirations for fish stocking or vegies. So that might be the only thing that might influence your actual needs.


The alternative if you want to keep it simple if you are starting out is to setup 2x IBC Aquaponics which would give 2 fish tanks and alleviate the need for the sump. 2FT's would support 4 GB's or equivalent so room to expand and it does not requires as big a ground area. Would minimise the need for filters and plumbing. The same IBC cuts would be suitable to go to PIST-CHIFT later.


If you prefer to go SLO and sump then Mathews is a good role model.

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Rusty - you dont mention your aspirations for fish stocking or vegies. So that might be the only thing that might influence your actual needs.


The alternative if you want to keep it simple if you are starting out is to setup 2x IBC Aquaponics which would give 2 fish tanks and alleviate the need for the sump.


If you prefer to go SLO and sump then Mathews is a good role model.
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To be honest have no idea of stocking amounts but veggies was looking at spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce and cucumber to start.

If I have two IBC's and cut the tops off and flip them over on top of the FT's is that what you were meaning?

I thought with Matthews design I could add additional fish ( to the same FT) and add additional GB's. Correct?


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ideas on fish type and objectives ?


>> I thought with Matthews design I could add additional fish ( to the same FT) and add additional GB's. Correct?

that would apply to any system really. Though higher stocking does introduce management considerations.
(and risks). Some style of systems manage the waste solids better.

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Hi All,
Just a bit of an update, my current IBC's are not usable for Aquaponics due to having some nasty chemicals in. So I have moved them on and am waiting for the next lot to arrive.

I am still undecided on the final configuration of the AP setup as well as what fish species I will use.

I am still considering the above mentioned configuration as the growbeds are at easily accessible heights as I am vertically challenged and due to where the system will go the entire neighborhood will see it.

I do want to eat the fish so Goldie's are out, however I will use Goldie's to cycle the system. Fish species I am looking at the moment are either Golden perch or Silver Perch.

I am hoping my system should hopefully have water in it by end of May.
Will post some photos soon of placement of the system (existing concrete slab is not level Roughly 5 degree slope.)

What pump do you recommend for AP I was thinking of an inline pump as apposed to a submersible but am open to suggestions?

Also what do you guys use for backup pumps if the power dies or if the water level drops in the FT (for whatever reason)


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