If you have never held a drill, a grinder and or a saw, be aware, these powered tools are dangerous and require that you first, wear protective equipment and second, if you're really a beginner and not too sure, ask for help. Pride can be stitched back, not your little pinky ;)
How to cut the IBC
What you want to to is obtain from one single IBC, a grow bed and a fish tank. How an IBC stands, you have a main cap at the top, to fill in whatever will be transported and at the front, bottom part, you will have a plastic manual valve, to discard the content.
The grow bed must be 30cm/12 inches deep minimum. It is, after scientific research (not from me, rest assured) the ideal depth for optimum roots development. So take your tape measure and go ahead. From the top part of the tank, go and mark 35/40cm. You want to take into account that the top 2cm/4inches of the grow media you will use, will be the dry zone - more on this later.
First things first, you must take the plastic container out of the metal cage, there are two handles at the top to make this easy. Once out, proceed to cutting the cage that you have marked at the right height to obtain an even grow bed/fish tank. Be careful, handling a grinder with a metal cutting disk is dangerous. Wear your protection equipment! If you are not sure, ask for help, it's mostly free of charge ;)
After the cut and the rounding of the metal edges, place back the plastic container in the fish tank part of the cage. I found that to cut the plastic tank, it is a good idea to place 4 pieces of wood at the angles to stay clear from the cage. Remember: measure twice, cut once.
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I am a French expat, married, dad of one, nature lover and firm believer of sustainable living. My background is leisure and tourism industry. I fell into aquaponics and now I am sharing with you my adventure.