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Lori Platt
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  • Redwood Valley, CA
  • United States

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Cleaning an IBC tank.... How???

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Nabong Nov 11, 2010. 4 Replies

I am the new owner of a lovely 330 gal IBC tank:-) It's been cut open, the metal frame has been painted forest green.... hmmm - there was canola oil in the tank previously and now needs to be washed…Continue


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Feb 13, 2016
Lori Platt commented on Jeff Givan's group California Aquaponics
"Hi Max47  and Larry - I am located in Redwood Valley (20 min. north of Ukiah). We have 2 systems, 5 or 6 years old now. Have not been active on this site...but my systems have been up and running all this time. We raise goldfish, koi, bass and…"
Feb 13, 2016
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"Great looking systems.  They are integrated so well onto your site - functionality can be beautiful."
Jun 27, 2012
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Aquaponics Systems got a nice facelift.... we have 2. Both have large has catfish, the other has trout. We are watching temps on the trout. We can get very hot here during the day...but it usually goes down to the 50s in the evenings.…
Jun 24, 2012
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Indoor setup

"Looks terrific, Lori!"
Jan 13, 2011
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This is a place to both share good experiences we have with aquaponics vendors, and the bad and downright ugly experiences we have had.
Dec 29, 2010
David Nabong replied to Lori Platt's discussion Cleaning an IBC tank.... How???
"Although this is an old thread, one thing you can try is TSP, or tri sodium phosphate. You can find it in the paint aisle. There a many articles about it being an environmental pollutant, and that is because phosphate is of course a fertilizer, soil…"
Nov 11, 2010
Rich Milliron commented on Lori Platt's photo

cleaning out the IBC

"Thanks for the great update Lori, you've given me a lot to think about. I think I'm going to stick with catfish, for now - and of course my faithful goldfish! Keep those pictures come'n! ~Rich"
Nov 8, 2010
Rich Milliron commented on Lori Platt's photo

cleaning out the IBC

"Lori, how did I miss that you made this cool IBC setup and have added tilapia? It really looks elegant in your sun room. Where did you get the IBC? Even in the sun room, do you think you will still need to heat the water for the fish? Or does the…"
Nov 3, 2010
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New indoor winter resort

"That is exciting, nice!"
Oct 5, 2010
Kobus Jooste commented on Lori Platt's photo

New indoor winter resort

"Amazing how people from around the world can look at something and develop the same thought. A partner in my development company did exactly this! (just outdoors)"
Sep 26, 2010

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new setup March 2010
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300 gal rubbermaid stock tank for the fish, 3 growbeds... 2 are 3'x2'x8in deep. 1 is 4'x8'x 12in deep. Filled with hydroton and lava rock (large bed is 2/3 lava rock, 1/3 hydroton) flood and drain, using a bell siphon, continuous flow pump from fish tank. Have about 70-100 goldfish, a couple of koi, mosquito fish, just got about 100 tilapia - very small (fry size) and have them in a cage till they are a little bigger.

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At 2:39pm on July 9, 2018, abiola bawuah said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on this email( ) for the full details,
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At 9:22pm on September 23, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
It is on it's way ;-)
At 11:19pm on September 22, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Lori, sorry...I got confused. It is going USPS priority.
At 10:34pm on September 22, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Lori, it is Fed Ex so we will send it to the address you listed. Thanks!
At 6:11pm on September 22, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Lori, thanks for your order! Do you want us to ship the fish food to somewhere other than a P.O. Box? Just wanted to check.

At 8:56am on August 27, 2010, Nate Storey said…
Hey Lori, thanks for the compliment on the towers- they're working great for strawberries! Anyway, I hadn't seen your system pictures I don't think. Very nice setup. Very clean, very nice design. I love clean looking sys. setups. Are you using greenroof tiles for your small growbeds? That's what they look like to me and I can't stop thinking about them now. I think they might be perfect for this kind of application, and cheap. Anyway, it looks like you're doing a lot right to me, good looking system, nice leeks. (I freaking love leeks. No, love is an understatement, I freaking adore leeks, mmm.)
At 10:51am on May 30, 2010, Andy Smith said…
Welcome Lori-- Wow we are really spread out in California, I drove to San Diego to get Tilapia Fry-- to Coachella Valley ( where Jeff Lives) for Tilapia Fingerlings, and Chino to get the proper supplies for my raft system. I think you are smart using Goldfish they are easily obtainable and will live in almost any temperature water. I am trying to build some sort of solar water heater to keep my Tilapia tank temp. up to 75 degrees. What Temp. does your tank stay. Don't you get a lot of algae with the sun hitting your tank? Andy
At 2:47pm on May 24, 2010, Rich Milliron said…
Nice new shots Lori, your fish look like happy campers. I'm still in the "trying to cycle" mode. Very hard on the few goldfish I have left. Going to try a fishless cycle with my larger (100 gal fish tank) system. Off on a furlough today, and in search of 100% pure ammonia. I've already got the Maxicrop (Sylivia talked about) for the veggies. Turns out we have a hydoponic store in town, I didn't even know about. Keep those pictures come'n!
At 1:38pm on May 20, 2010, Rich Milliron said…
Not sure if I ever shot this reply off? Anyway... a year ago my wife bought 100 catfish finger-lings from Stillwater AquaFarms, 7633 Locust Road, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668, (530) 343-0405.  They ship'm.  We tossed them in our old in ground pool (turned it into a big pond), we hadn't used in a few years. Haven't seen them since!  They are bottom scavengers. I'll have to toss in a line and see if there's really anything down there.

I too would love to have tilapia, but not unless I could solar heat the water in the winter, and it just doesn't seem doable.   
At 9:34pm on May 17, 2010, Rich Milliron said…
Very nice setup Lori, what kind of fish do you have going?

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