Single IBC Tote Unit

  Aquaponic Systems

The Single IBC Tote System is one of the easiest systems to put together if you have the right tools available. One of the benefits to the system is that it will essentially come with a grow bed and fish tank once you cut the IBC tote.

Below is a list of items needed to build yourself a system.

The Grow Beds

  • Cut from an end of a recycled IBC Tote.Aquaponics Growbed
  • Metal tube frame for added strength
  • Interior – 37″ wide x 45″ long x 14″ deep
  • Exterior – 40″ wide x 48″ long x 23.5″ tall
  • Edged at the top with PVC to protect you from dangerous sharp edges.
  • Made from fully cleaned Totes that have only held food-grade materials
  • Pre-drilled to accept our high-quality siphons

The Fish Tank

Aquaponics IBC Fish Tank

  • Made from fully cleaned Totes that have only held food-grade materials
  • 200 Gallon tank (1-Bed Tote System)
  • Interior – 37″ wide x 45″ long x 25″ deep
  • Exterior – 40″ wide x 48″ long x 32″ tall
  • This size tank will grow approximately 40 edible fish up to plate size annually.
  • 275 Gallon tank (3-Bed Tote System)
  • Interior – 37″ wide x 45″ long x 39″ deep
  • Exterior – 40″ wide x 48″ long x 46″ tall
  • This size tank will grow approximately 55 edible fish up to plate size annually.
  • You should also add an aeration bar to provide constant oxygenation to the fish tank.
  • You should also add  a drain at the bottom of the tank.

The Plumbing

Aquaponics Hardware

  • Appropriately sized, magnetic drive, submersible pump (see chart above)
  • Oxygenation bar to add a constant supply of oxygen to your fish tank
  • Air pump for additional tank oxygenation.
  • 4 outlet pump for the 200 gallon fish tank, which includes 20 feet of air tubing and four 6″ air stones
  • 6 outlet commercial air pump for the 275 gallon fish tank, which includes 28 feet of air tubing and six 6″ air stones
  • Bell Siphons – Each grow bed should have it’s own media guard and bell siphon assembly for fast, reliable drainage.
  • Plumbing Fittings – You will need a bulkhead and plumbing fittings you will need for your system. We’ve even included a few extra pieces to give you maximum flexibility in laying out your system

Extras…

  • Digital tank thermometer
  • API Master Test Kit
  • Medium Cycling Kit
  • “Aquaponics Explained” Video
  • Thorough, illustrated instructions
  • A trusted support team that will be there the to help you at no cost by phone or email for as long as you own your system

Grow Media

Grow MediaExpanded Clay Grow Media – This is our hands down favorite grow media because it is light weight, lasts forever, and is easy on your hands! Each Tote Grow Bed requires 315 liters of grow media (seven 45-liter bags).  You can also use 3/4″ gravel in your growbeds, but it is twice as heavy, it might change the pH of your system, and it is tough on your hands!











Below are some videos from youtube on different ideas on how to put it all together

5 Comments on “Single IBC Tote Unit

  1. I cannot find the chart that says what size pump I need for a 275 gal. single GB system. I am trying to find an appropriate solar pump for this system, if you have suggestions.

  2. Be careful before purchasing an IBC Tote from craigslist or any other secondary provider… Please be sure to ask the seller before purchasing the SDS sheets which actually states what was previously held in the IBC Tote. You would be surprised what is harmful and what is not… Try to find totes from local breweries or wineries NOT craigslist..

  3. Thanks for the guide! Gave me some great ideas for my first aquaponics setup 🙂

    I am thinking of filling the bottom of the grow bed with gravel and only the top 50-100mm with expanded clay. Do you have any experience with this or any advice on how many liters of each I would need? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to get started!

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