Shipping

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I do not earn money on the shipping. The paypal calculator is not very flexible so if it over charges you for shipping, I will refund the difference. There is a place on paypal where you can add instructions about shipping (for instance if the shipping address is a business address according to UPS/Fed Ex it might allow me to save you money on shipping for certain products if I know about it, otherwise I have to assume residential shipping. If you add your phone number there I can use your phone number if I ship via Fed Ex for certain products and they can call you if there is an issue with delivery.)

If Paypal doesn't charge you for shipping, it is probably because you are in another country or someplace I don't normally ship to, I will be contacting you about it since I will need to find out the shipping costs to your location and send you an invoice for the shipping or refund your order if I can not ship to you or if you don't want to pay the shipping. I normally Sell in the USA but have occasionally shipped packages internationally.

Plants and Fish I only sell in Florida at this time and I am not set up to ship fish yet.

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If you buy a product and change your mind about it later and want to return it, I will have to charge a re-stocking fee and I can only accept returns on unused items. I can only make refunds for 60 days after the purchase through paypal. I do not refund the shipping or pay return shipping unless the reason for the return is on my end.

Please contact me for instructions before returning anything. If I'm not expecting something to come back, I won't know what to do with it if it actually makes it to me. Some packages are shipped direct from the manufacturer and simply mailing something back to them won't get you a refund.

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Tanks

As many people may know, I’m fond of using stock tanks for many things. However, I can’t even break even trying to sell Rubbermaid stock tanks so I’ll send you to tractor supply to buy those. And lets face it, the stock tanks are a little bit on the shallow side to use as fish tanks so I’ve found a beautiful alternative.

Duracast Tanks

Duracast Tanks

At least I think it’s beautiful, the blue is bright and cheery and makes it easy to view the fish. The depth is perfect to allow 300 gallons of water and some height of tank above the water to help keep the fish from jumping out. The height is also very good for netting fish without risk of falling in or needing to be on a bench to reach and see.

Now contact me if you are interested in other sizes but 300 gallons of water is the smallest I like to go for a stand alone system fish tank outdoors here in Florida. I fear the smaller size (like he 210 gallon tank that would probably only hold 150-175 gallons of water) would likely heat up far too much here in summer but I can sell them if you really want them, I’ll get you a price (or if it is part of a bigger system the temperature may not be such a problem.) And there are larger tanks but again the ones for 300 gallons of water are a really suitable size for a medium backyard aquaponics system. Let me know what you are interested in and I’ll help you find the most cost effective solution for your situation.

tank with spray swirl

tank with spray swirl

This is called a 410 gallon tank but it is the perfect container for 300+ gallons of fish water and it is the tank I’m currently using for my Tower system. The inside diameter is 61 1/2 inches and it’s 34 1/2 inches high. Blue or Granite are the standard colors but other colors may be possible for a price. These are FDA approved Polyethylene tanks.

Contact me (note that you are interested in Tanks in the form) if interested in this size tank which I can sell for $505.95 plus shipping/delivery and tax. Now the Freight on such a tank is going to be steep so I really only expect to sell them to people close enough to pick up or I may even be able to do personal delivery (like if you purchase as part of a system design/install.) I don’t have a pile of these sitting around so I will need some lead time to have them made to order.

8 comments to Tanks

  • George F. Rowe

    What is the design purpose for the vertical pipe in your picture of the blue tank with the spray swirl. It appears to be part of the drain system for the tank. Does its design create suction at the bottom of the tank to draw waste out to media bed. I’m setting a tank up wondered why, or is that just support to get the overflow to center of the tank. THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your response. George

    • TCLynx

      Hi George,
      Yes the vertical pipe is indeed a part of the Drain. There is a grate at the bottom to keep the bottom opening of the pipe just up off the bottom of the tank and keep fish out of the drain. This design is what we call a SLO Drain or Solids lifting overflow drain. By having the T you avoid siphoning the tank dry and also have the added overflow protection in case the bottom part of the drain were to get clogged by leaves or something. Here is an example diagram with a SLO drain. In most of my tanks I try to have it near the center of the tank but I have had systems where it is near the side and it still worked fairly well.
      SLO drain

  • Susan Richards

    The diagram you have of a SLO Drain or Solids lifting overflow drain looks great to me but I question if it really does lift the solid waste out of the tank. This would solve so many of my problems if it did. Where does the suction come from to lift the waste?
    Thanks for your time.
    Susan

    • TCLynx

      Hi Susan,
      Yes the SLO drains do remove solids from the tank, however, if your solids are settling to the bottom of the tank away from the intake for the SLO Drain, those solids probably won’t be “sucked” out. Part of the trick is to try and swirl or move the solids to collect at the drain so that as the water level in the tank rises, causing the water to need to get OUT by flowing into the bottom of the SLO and rising up the SLO to reach the overflow it will draw the solids out along with the water.

      I can attest that lots of solids do leave the fish tank via a SLO drain, however the nature of the solids may also have an effect. If you have minimal flow through your fish tank, and little to no fish stirring the tank, then it is likely that some solids are going to settle and not be drawn out. Or if there are heavy solids like gravel, sand, sticks, stone chips, etc in the tank then I wouldn’t really expect much of that to be lifted by the water out of the tank. fish poo and fish food tends to be fairly light and easily suspended and so they move out of a tank fairly well if the currents and flows tend to swirl the tank such that the solids try to collect at the center or where the SLO drain intake is.

      For a Square tank (IBC) I set it up with the SLO in the Middle and in two corners I placed air stones and in the other two corners I sprayed the water feed to the tank down so it created a natural circulation around the tank that didn’t let the solids collect in the corners.

      The SLO drain doesn’t so much have “suction” like a pump or a vacuum but rather is the path for the water to leave the tank. The amount of flow up the SLO is going to be directly proportional to the Flow into the tank but with a slight delay or lag time.

  • bill hensley

    TCL
    do you use auto syphons or is this set up a constant flow, it appears that either would work.

    • TCLynx

      The tanks have an overflow that I call a Solids Lifting Overflow (SLO) You do not want your fish tank to siphon so you put a T at the top of the overflow to make sure air can get in to keep it from becoming a siphon.

      As for the grow beds in that diagram, they could be constant flow auto siphon flood and drain, or the system could run constant flow constant flood with stand pipes minus the bells, or even have some with siphons and some can run constant flow/flood. Or you could run the pump on a timer and do timed flood and drain by having stand pipes with small holes near the bottom in the grow beds.

      There are so many ways it can work.

      For my systems, I actually have a little of everything going on around here. I have some systems that use siphons, some systems have constant flow/flood beds and other systems are doing timed flood and drain.

  • Keith

    Looking for similar tank, but larger is better to help maintain temp in hot summers. I live in St George, UT. I am building a 40 foot diameter geodesic dome with almost 1500 sq feet of deep water raft aquaponic grow beds. If you know of a source of a tank in this area, please let me know. Been searching for quite a while.

    • TCLynx

      Search for plastics roto-molding companies in your region and then call them up and ask about their aquaculture tanks. The really big problem with such tanks is they are not cheap to ship. (Heavy stuff is expensive to ship and bulky stuff is expensive to ship, the tanks fit the “bulky stuff” description.)

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