Happy as a Clam with Aquaponics

Tom Bryan, at first glance, would not appear to be a likely Aquaponic gardener. Tom’s family has been in the rock, gravel and cement business for over 130 years. His great, great grandfather, Frank Bryan, founded Frank Bryan, Inc., a gravel and concrete business on the historic South Side in 1883. Their primary business is in dredging the rivers of Western Pa for the raw rocks and materials found on the bottoms of rivers and using it for construction material, mostly concrete. Today, Frank Bryan is the largest concrete manufacturer in the tri-state region. So, how did Tom Bryan

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Home Systems

IBC Tote Bins

The restaurant and food industry have been using IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) tote bins for years to store perishable foods like olives and cheese. Made out of food-grade plastic, they are also excellent to re-use for a home, school or work-based Aquaponic system. Some restaurant wholesalers will sell their used ones for about $100 each. Two Pittsburghers, Bryan Bischoff and Michael Copeland, friends who met training for the “mudder” race, each have created Aquaponic systems using two IBC tote bins. The totes are 275 gallons in volume but are modified and cut at the top to allow for easy

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