IBC tank for basement pond?

JimSinclair

I'm not sure which section this should go in, tanks or ponds or equipment or what? If I'm putting it in the wrong place, moderators please move it to where it belongs.

I have purchased two used IBC tanks (this kind: IBC Totes, Portable Water Tanks, IBC Tanks in Stock - ULINE), made of food grade plastic and previously used to house feeder fish and turtles. (In fact one tiny little goldfish was gasping and twitching in about half an inch of scummy water at the bottom of one of the tanks when it was delivered. I didn't need any more fish, but this fish obviously needed me. It is now doing well in quarantine and I have to figure out what to do with it when it clears quarantine. My other fish are so much bigger that I'm afraid they will eat it. Anyway, back to my questions about the tanks.)

The tops of the tank have been cut off so they are now open top, and when turned on their sides, are able to fit through the door to my house and down the basement stairs where I want to set them up--with a bit of squeezing, and after both the house door and the basement door have been removed from their hinges.

The metal cages, on the other hand, are not squeezable and will just barely fit through the doorway of my house (again, with the door itself removed from the hinges). They won't go through the doorway to my basement, even with the door removed.

One friend has suggested cutting the top several inches off the cages, then welding them back on once we get them in the basement.

Another friend has wondered about bolting it back together rather than welding.

I had the idea of slicing all the vertical bars away from the horizontal frame, then once in the basement screwing or bolting them back onto the frame, rather than just cutting the tops off and trying to weld or bolt them back together. That would be more work at the outset, but would give me the independence of being able to take it down and move it myself should I need to relocate it. Cutting and welding would require me to enlist the help of people who have tools and abilities that I don't possess.

Upon further discussion, the friend who recommends cutting off the tops is now suggesting instead of welding them back on, we could cut segments of tubing from lawn chairs or canopies to make sleeves to hold them back together.

QUESTION 1:

Which of these ideas, or some other idea, do people recommend for getting these cages into my basement?

QUESTION 2:

What are some good ideas for filtration of fish ponds made from this kind of tank? I'm hoping to get recommendations from people who have personal experience doing this. I know there are lots of videos I can watch (but can't make a lot of sense of because I'm autistic with significant visual processing issues). I'd like to hear from people who have actually tried it, and have the benefit of their personal experience and availability to answer questions.

Anyone willing to coach me on this?
 

kallililly1973

I would take it apart and reassemble them once in place. You don’t want to go through all that work then when someone starts welding it melts the tank. As far as filtration I would say a couple fx6 should do the job unless u set up one big sump to run through both tanks.
 

JimSinclair

When you say "take it apart," do you mean my idea of slicing all the vertical bars away from the horizontal frames?

What method would you use to reassemble it? Welding (it won't melt the plastic, because whatever method we use, it will be done with the plastic tank out of the frame) or screwing or what?

The only filters I am familiar with are HOB filters for aquariums, and the canister filter I have on my current basement pond which is made out of a 430 gallon rigid frame pool.

I've just googled FX6 and learned that it's a type of canister filter--and way out of my price range.

I think I'm going to have to build something.

I've heard of sumps and I've tried to understand videos about sumps, but there's that visual processing thing. It is extremely difficult for me to understand videos.

Can you direct me to some very easy to follow, baby steps, text-based introduction to making sumps? I might be able to follow more advanced videos if I first have a better grasp of what the videos are about.

Thanks.
I would take it apart and reassemble them once in place. You don’t want to go through all that work then when someone starts welding it melts the tank. As far as filtration I would say a couple fx6 should do the job unless u set up one big sump to run through both tanks.
 

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