Greetings Fellow Primates: On June 3rd, in a super secret forum on this site, the name and very discreet location I must never divulge, I posted a request asking others if they thought my aquaponics system build may be of interest to other members of the forum. Everyone agreed it would, so, here I am - sharing that build with you good folks now, including material and labor costs. I should preface this with, I am building this system on someone else's property, where I also rent an apartment. So, I have been limited in the size of the system I am allowed to build, to 12 square meters. However, I would imagine 12 square meters, typically, would quite a suitable size for a single family system. Regarding this system, while I am just this month building it, I have been researching AP systems for a long time. Typically, I put a lot of time and energy into research, prior to just jumping in with both feet. Doesn't stop me from making stupid mistakes along the way. But, I can pretend like I actually know what I am doing - until I get to the mistakes. The original plan was to be able to cycle this system by the end of next month (July). However, if things continue to go as they have been, I will be ahead of schedule. It looks as though I will be well over on my estimate of expenditures. My original budget for this was $1,000 USD. If you have any questions, comments, criticism, input or advice, please do not hesitate to post your reply in this thread. After all, this is my very first attempt at building such a system. It is also the first time I have attempted to grow anything since I was a teenager. Back then, I (foolishly) attempted to compete with my dear departed pappy, by growing tomatoes in buckets, like he did. Please do let me know what you think. Onward. ======================================== June 10: Two IBC totes were delivered to our humble abode. At the time of purchase, I planned one for a fish tank; the other for a sump, for the system. I live in Cambodia, but purchased the totes from Thailand. Purchase, delivery, and customs duties, I am in just under $200 USD, total.