IBC Aquaponics DesignFollowing the previous article, we will continue with 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.
To start, let’s separate the base, the cage and the plastic tanks 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. Depending on the IBC type, you can use an ordinary hex headed machine screws.
We can start to cut the cage and tanks to make the growbeds and sump. For better handling, lay 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, the two plastic tanks will be cut to form 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. The upper part of the first IBC should form the second grow bed(the 350mm - 14" piece). Finally, the same cut piece from the second IBC tank will be used as a second front grow bed.
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