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IBC Totes and Blue Barrels can be used for  many purposes related to Aquaponics, Sustainability, Gardening, Water Catchment, and so many more that I could go on for quite a while. The truth is that you will be hard pressed to find any container that can be used for such a wide variety of tasks, and yet cost as little as these. BUT, there is one caveat that you need to keep in mind — MAKE SURE that any tote or barrel that you buy for these purposes is Food-Grade. Meaning that the prior materials held in the container were a food product. Many totes are used for corn syrup, agave syrup, citric acid, and other similar products. The barrels are the same way. However, it is also very common to find totes and barrels that has nasty chemicals in them from the drilling industry, hydraulic fluid, paint and dyes, or all manner of other materials.


If you are going to use these containers for anything related to food or something that will be consumed — you MUST use a food-grade container, or risk serious contamination of anything contained within the tote/barrel. No matter what you are told, it is not possible to remove 100% of the materials held in the tote/barrel. The plastic container is slightly porous and will hold a minute amount of material in its’ pores. This can leach out over time into the water or other material that you store in them. No amount of pressure washing or scrubbing will change this. So, buyer beware — if you buy a tote or barrel, be sure to ask the vendor what was contained inside it previously, and if possible ask for the label to prove what the contents were.


 Green Phoenix Farms has a quality supplier for both IBC totes and Barrels. All containers are pre-washed and ready for use in Aquaponics, Rainwater Catchment or other similar uses. We are more than happy to supply you as many totes or barrels as you need, and we can even offer delivery within a reasonable area. Currently we are able to offer the following for sale:


  • 275 gallon IBC Totes for $125 each
  • 330 gallon IBC Totes for $165 each
  • 55 gallon Blue Barrels for $20 each


Delivery is calculated on a flat rate of $1.00 per loaded mile (one-way) from our location in Garland, TX. This is a flat rate and is the same regardless whether you purchase 1 or 10+ totes. The only extra charge is that for 3 or more totes, I will need to use a trailer that will add approximately $20 to the delivery cost.


Of course, if you need more help or direction to set up you home Aquaponic System, Green Phoenix Farms is here to help you with complete system design and/or installation questions and we will answer just about any question you can think of relating to aquaponics and urban farming. Please check out our available system manuals and kits HERE, or if you would like to attend a class to learn more you can see the variety of classes we offer HERE and our upcoming classes HERE.


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