What is an IBC?

If you want to DIY your own aquaponic system, the IBC and a bunch of tools can help you. This is the cheapest method for constructing such system and can be used in places where otherwise you couldn`t set up an aquaponic system.

First things first: what means IBC?

The Intermediate Bulk Container represents a tank used for industrial purposes that can hold and allow you to move around liquid items.

There are several choices that range from 500 liters to 1200 liters. The most common IBC tank is that of 1000 liters and it is perfect for efficiently getting from one place to another a certain liquid product. On the top you can find a big screw cap that allows easy access inside.

If you compare regular aquaponic systems to this IBC container, you will be amazed how much cheaper the latter is. Furthermore, you can opt for a recycled one, which means you will spend even less. Here you get to choose from barrels that have been used once and barrels that have been used multiple times.

How to use an IBC?

The first thing you should do before buying an IBC is asking questions about what was carried in it. Keep in mind that fish are extremely sensitive and you will not want to have harmful residues on your tank. This is due to the fact that it will most certainly kill your fish population. Furthermore, that can turn harmful for you or anyone else that comes in contact to it. So, finding out if it was properly cleaned is crucial.

Anyway, you can`t know for sure all of the liquids that have been transported with an IBC. Also, you should carefully analyze the IBC tank you are planning to buy. The first thing you should do before buying an IBC is asking questions about what was carried in it. Keep in mind that fish are extremely sensitive and you will not want to have harmful residues on your tank. This is due to the fact that it will most certainly kill your fish population. Furthermore, that can turn harmful for you or anyone else that comes in contact to it. So, finding out if it was properly cleaned is crucial.

Although, you can`t know for sure all of the liquids that have been transported with an IBC. Also, you should carefully analyze the IBC tank you are planning to buy. You may encounter some damages or leaks.

So, after choosing and checking your IBC barrel, you should wash it again. It does not matter if it was already cleaned, you need to make it as safe as possible for you and your fish. From this point, you can start cutting and inserting pipes into it. Creating an aquaponic system with an IBC is the simplest and cheapest way. Due to its particular shape, It can be easily stored in small places and it allows stocking.

IBC barrel