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Adding more sump tanks - question!

Started by Blake Allen. Last reply by Yaacov Levi Jun 27, 2017. 14 Replies

Hello,I have the following IBC Tote setup (covered in another thread here) and I need to add another sump tank for additional water…Continue

Got my IBC system up, having a plumbing problem...

Started by Blake Allen. Last reply by Blake Allen Jun 25, 2016. 18 Replies

Hello! Ive just got my new system up and running and your seeing my plumping in the middle of a rework. Before I cut to many pipes and give myself a bigger headache I thought I'd ask the community to…Continue

Storing Fish Water

Started by Jeff S. Last reply by Jeff S Jun 13, 2016. 3 Replies

I'm planning to drain and clean my IBC fish tank but due to the amount of rain we've had I don't want to put it on my gardens right now. Is there any reason I shouldn't put in in my rain storage tank…Continue

How flexible are IBM Totes?

Started by Craig Shevlin. Last reply by Jeff S Jan 2, 2016. 7 Replies

I need to bring 3 totes into basement.I will be cutting off the top 1 foot.How flexible are the totes to fold back to get through a 3' door way?Would rather not take door jams apart.CraigContinue

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Comment by Jim Fisk on June 27, 2017 at 9:21am

Yaacov, we had a hard time finding them around us in 2012 but as we tuned in to industrial parks, etc we soon found them everywhere. I.E. the oil recyclers were great at finding them and often had fresh ones they hadn't used yet and let them go around 45.00 in pristine condition and from various sources like vegi oil, etc. Almost any water based chems would wash right out as well and often much easier than vegi oil. Take a tour of local industrial parks. Soap and the like also wash right out. Avoid any that had petroleum as that can absorb into the plastic. Most start out as food based until non food was shipped in them.

Comment by Yaacov Levi on June 27, 2017 at 6:30am

Thanks Leo

I may have over looked what could be right under my nose. I will start calling around today.

Comment by Leo White Bear on June 26, 2017 at 8:48pm

also check out dairy equipment businesses they may have some for sale.

Comment by Yaacov Levi on June 26, 2017 at 1:51pm

Thanks Leo

I am right in the middle of a dairy area, I will be checking the farms out, will let you know how I make out.

Comment by Leo White Bear on June 24, 2017 at 9:00am


  Check with any dairy or farm supply source, if you are willing to drive a bit, check out any dairy farms.  Here in Wisconsin, most dairy farms store their calves colostrum supplement in IBC totes.  I acquired 20 for 20$ each last year.

Comment by Yaacov Levi on June 24, 2017 at 6:36am


I am looking for a source of IBCs in MI, so far have only found ones with caustic residuals, no food safe ones. I am in Harrisville, on Huron, between Saginaw and Alpena. Ideally I would like six.

Comment by Jeff S on April 30, 2016 at 2:42pm

Most IBCs have flat sides. This is the source for the kit But you can build it yourself. Go to your local big box store and get a piece of 3/16" Lexan polycarbonate, some 5/16" stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers. Cut to the size you want and follow the video. You just have to drill the holes in the Lexan first. Don't forget the silicone. If I ever drain my tank I'll put one in mine.

Comment by Bernie Diesen on April 30, 2016 at 10:44am

Thanks Jeff

The video is very good - but I can't find the source for the window.  Also, does the IBC Tote have enough flat space to mount a window. I am using the 330g version.

Comment by Jeff S on April 29, 2016 at 8:52pm
Comment by Bernie Diesen on April 29, 2016 at 6:20pm

Can an observation window be put in an IBC Tote?  If so, where can I get a couple of window kits.


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