Following the previous article, we will continue with IBC Aquaponics for our Aquaponics system. We have separated one IBC to use as a fish tank, and the remaining two IBC's will be cut into 3 parts to use as growbeds and one part as a sump. In this article I will show you how to make the growbeds and the sump.
First, you need to separate the base, the cage and the plastic tank from the remaining two IBC's.. You will need a battery drill and T-30, T-35, T-40 driver security bits, to remove the machine screws holding the cage to the base. We can also use ordinary hex headed machine screws, depending on the IBC type.
We can start to cut the cage and tanks to make the growbeds and sump. I would recommend laying the cage on its side to do the cuts. Because of its fast and clean cut, use thin abrasive cutting discs. If required, you should remove sharp edges with a sandpaper flap wheel or a flat file.
In this IBC aquaponics design, two of the plastic tanks will be cut into 3 grow beds and one sump. The 375 mm (15'') piece from the first plastic tank will be a sump and the same cut piece from the second tank will be the rear grow bed.
Use the piece from the bottom of the tank, this way you will have the tap/the valve included in your sump. For the second grow bed use the 350mm (14") piece, which is from the top of the tank. Finally, the same cut piece from the second IBC tank will be used as a second front grow bed.
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