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IBC rain barrel overflow elbow

overflow outlet on an IBC tank rain barrel

We drilled a hole at the top of our IBC rain barrel for an overflow elbow connection.

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You should put a Solids Lifting Overflow pipe in the IBC, and that will suck a lot of the sediment out of the bottom of the container when it overflows. I put one in my aquaponics tank- it was amazing. Any kind of waste just got sucked into the tube and out of the tank.
Comment by Eric in Japan Sat Apr 4 21:03:29 2015

Thanks for that suggestion. Looks like it could prevent a lot of problems. What kind of yield did you get from your aquaponic strawberries?

Do you know if that monorail system is available outside of Asia?

Comment by mark Tue Apr 7 15:00:33 2015

Well, my strawberry yield was not so great. More than my outdoor hydroponics setup, but not as many as my garden bed. The fish are doing great though, and it is a fantastic rooter. I put in a bunch of kiwi prunings, and they are all sprouting gangbusters this spring. So not what I hoped, but not bad either.

Nikkari is a good bet, and they have an English Website

Comment by Eric in Japan Thu Apr 9 10:25:48 2015
Eric --- That monorail is very cool! If it fit in our price range and they shipped to the U.S., I'd totally go for that instead of a road. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Apr 9 17:52:13 2015

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