As discussed in the previous article, we will be using IBC Aquaponics for our Aquaponics system. The best IBC was transformed into a fish tank and the remaining two will form the growbeds and the sump. Let's do the growbeds and the sump.
First, you need to separate the base, the cage and the plastic tank from the remaining two IBC's.. Use a battery drill along with T-30, T-35, T-40 driver security bits to remove the screws holding the cage to the IBC baseline. We can also use ordinary hex headed machine screws, depending on the IBC type.
Let's do the cutting on the cage to make the growbeds and sump. I would recommend laying the cage on its side to do the cuts. You should use thin abrasive cutting discs. If you notice sharp edges on the cage, use a sandpaper flap or a flat file.
In this IBC aquaponics design, two of the plastic tanks will be cut into 3 grow beds and one sump. Divide the plastic tanks into three parts, each. The 375 mm (15'') piece from the first tank will serve as a sump and the same cut piece from the second tank will serve as 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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