I don’t have much land to spare at my home. So my options are limited to something that can be kept on our concrete rooftop. I was almost ready to get a couple of used blue barrels, that’s when my friend, Nishad, told me that he had seen a place where they sell used tanks with metallic frame around it. I knew what he was talking about! I rushed to the shop, and there it is – IBC!!! 🙂
For those who are from the Kochi area, this shop (or yard) is in Muttom on NH47 on the right hand side on the way from Kochi to Aluva. Next to the temple (see the map).
They also have used blue barrels and some other interesting plastic containers. The shop owner, Jabbar, was helpful and agreed to cut the top portion of the fish tank and frame off for me so that I can make it an open fish tank. I was worried whether the container was used for storing chemicals before, but he said he will find one that is safe for fish! Had I known what he meant! 🙂
Two tanks, one for the fish tank and one for the grow bed, together costed me about Rs 5,000 (about $80). I have a feeling that these plastic tanks might not last for too long, may be not beyond a couple of years. I think it still is a worthy investment because if the plastic breaks (fish isn’t going to like that!) I can put a polyethylene sheet inside the metallic frame and continue to use it.
I’m now anxiously awaiting for the tanks to arrive home! 🙂