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Hi all,

I have caught the bug and my obsession has risen exponentially, my plan is to create an IBC system with 4 grow beds.

I get the impression that photos are appreciated here, so ill be overdosing you all with happy snaps along the way ...


Quick bit of background -I'm in Perth, WA, have kept fish in a fish tank for a few years and grown veggies in the back garden for about the same amount of time ... Figure it's time to combine the 2!


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Welcome Chad.

With that much room mate I am sure you will end up with a massive system :)

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Plenty of room for a nice system :) the best thing about this site is you'll get good information and I no doubt if you have trouble with pluming or antyhing like that there a plenty of Westerners who could give you a helping hand :)


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Mate, totally envious of all of that space you have... I can already tell, your system will end up being mammoth.


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Ok, I got my IBC's home and noticed a sticker on one of them that said it contains pesticide (toxic 6)

Has anyone had success in cleaning IBC's with this sort of contents?

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hmmm, personally Id stay clear of pesticides sorry.

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That's what I'm thinking too

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Post up the name of it so we can check the MSDS.

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BIPYRIDILIUM PESTICIDE

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http://my.uplonline.com/uplaustralia/productdata/Uniquat_250EC.pdf

I would say a no go. Return the bulky if you can, looks like nasty stuff.

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I wasn't able to return them, so I decided to cut them up and give them a good clean out and see how they looked - and to be honest, they look like new - theres not a spec of a stain or any odour to speak of - they are sitting in the sun for the next week also (a few 40 degree days forecast!).

Ive decided im going to use them, but because I am still slightly sceptical of using these pods, im going to get some pond liner paint (Crommelins Pondsealer) and give the IBC's a coat before starting the system. Im sure they are clean already, but if nothing else, this will give me peace of mind.

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There is no easy way to say this , What are you thinking

Your going to grow food

You have just paid to cart toxic rubbish away

Read this all the time , someone gets a "cheap shuttle " then spends big on cleaning compounds , liners ect

Use them to store stuff in at the back of your shed and spend a few dollars on one thats had orange juice or similiar in it .

Agricultural Chemicals nearly killed me ( Long term small exposures )

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( Paraquat is exceedingly toxic to humans. Many cases of illness and/or death have been reported. The lethal ingestion
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i do apreciate the feedback, after all, that's why i'm here! ..

I am enquiring on some friendlier IBC's at the moment also, because apart from being a tightass, i am also quite sceptical of using the IBCs i obtained. I just wish i took more care in looking for a label on them before i bought them! .. if nothing else, I bought 4 IBC frames which i will be able to weld up into a good raised bed for the ibc grow beds

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so after getting told off earlier, I have heeded the advice and looked for an alternative, which in my opinion was a blessing in disguise! ..

I'll be using the metal frames of the toxic IBC's to sit my grow beds on.

Instead of IBC growbeds, im going to use the kids sand pit shells, there's a decent shaped one stocked at Big W at the moment, and for $20 each thats a bargain. Not to mention they are UV resistant already. So due to them being slightly smaller than the IBC's, im going to run 5 grow beds, and pick up 2 new IBC's (NON TOXIC!!!), 1 for fish tank and the other for the sump.

Ive attached a rough plan of how its going to look.



I have estimated that a 3000l/h pump would be the ideal option here. Can anyone recommend a brand/model? I have found the "AQUA ONE WATER PUMP 106 MAXI 3000L/H HYDROPONIC" for $98 which I think is ideal... thoughts suggestions welcomed!


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Did you pick up that growbed from your brothers place yet? Is it OK and did you get all the standpipe bits and pieces with it?

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