Fish Tank Equipment List
We built are fish tank with a 275 gallon IBC Tote with metal cage.
We cut the top off the plastic tote, but kept the metal frame in tact.
The insulation around the tote, is great for keeping some of the heat in, but by itself won’t keep the fish warm.
PolyPro Insulated Foam Board : You can find this or similar products at most big box hardware stores.
You will need a small pump to push the water from the bottom of the tank into the filtration buckets.
This is a link to a pump that is similar to the one we used on our system.
Hydrofarm AAPW250 Active Aqua Submersible Water Pump, 250 GPH
Triton Premium Aquaculture Feed – Again, this is what we use, but there are many options.
3 – 5 Gallon buckets : These are pretty common
12 Guage wire : Use the wire to create a grid for the top two buckets to rest on. (Image 1)
Bio Balls : These go into the bottom bucket and can be cleaned and reused.
Filters : Middle bucket filtration, we have used both Fish Filters and just normal air filters, we don’t see much difference.
Active Carbon : Top bucket, Active carbon is good for removing odor, colors, organic pollutants , Removes toxic compounds, medications
RANCO ETC-111000-000 Electric Temperature Control : This is what we used, but there are other types available.
Hot Water Heating Element
PVC Pipe : We used the PVC Pipe to house the heating element.
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