How to Build an Aquaponics System with IBC Totes


The most simple definition of Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. … Solid fish waste is turned into vermicompost that also acts as food for the plants.

The Toteponics Kit uses three IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Carriers, also called Tote Tanks in some parts of the USA, hence the name of the kit) to construct a productive, back-yard aquaponics system, made up of one fish tank and three media grow-beds. GroTowers can also be added, if desired.

This is a fast, easy and cheap way to get started in aquaponics. IBC tanks of around 1000 litres capacity will give your system the stability and reliability to grow copious amounts of fish and vegetables.


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