California Aquaponics


California Aquaponics

Had the great pleasure of meeting a fellow CA Aquapon, Andy from Santa Barbara. Got me to thinking we shouldn't be left out. There is a Florida and Colorado group so there has to be one from CA. Besides we can share links, ideas and suppliers

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Selling My System

Started by Janet Little Aug 15, 2015. 0 Replies

Complete Aquaponics system   300 Gallon IBC fish tank with Tilapia fish, breeding adults and hundreds of small fish for next seasons harvest. 2, 4 by 8 gravel beds with gravel for growing veggies,…Continue

WANTED: your input on proposed regulation of aquaponics in California

Started by Paul Trudeau. Last reply by Averan May 18, 2015. 22 Replies

As you know, aquaponics has all sorts of potential to benefit society and our environment.  At the same time, the practice of aquaponics has the potential to contribute to the risk of fish disease…Continue

Oakland Aquaponics

Started by aquaHI. Last reply by Scott Roberts Nov 8, 2014. 22 Replies

Hey everybody. I wanted to start a thread about Aquaponics in Oakland, CA specifically.If there are folks that are willing to trade fish, or seeds, or used equipment that would be great.Anyone…Continue

Tags: resources, community, barter, trade

California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616, SIGNED by the Governor!

Started by Craig Mullins. Last reply by Janet Little Sep 20, 2013. 7 Replies

As part of a growing movement to localize food systems and stimulate small-scale food production, SELC proposed that the State of California allow for the sale of certain homemade food products,…Continue

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Comment by Ian McCluskey on May 18, 2015 at 12:02pm

Hi Amy!

I'm an intern at Ouroboros Aquaponic Farms in Half Moon Bay. We are partnered with a 501(c)(3) non-profit called SchoolGrown ( who's mission is to create educational opportunities with aquaponics. Feel free to give me a call (206) 790-2586, or go directly to their website and email Sundown or Jon Parr. 

I believe they would both be very interested in speaking with you. Thanks!

- Ian

Comment by Amy Allis on May 15, 2015 at 2:12pm

Hello All! Anyone in the SF Bay area interested in putting together a short intro workshop and/or series to present at the Mill Valley Library? This is my hometown, where I am residing for a bit longer, and it is one of the most active libraries I have ever seen - they are expanding into gardening education and resoources for the community, with a Seed Smart lending program, and they just received funding for a "Smart Garden" to be built by the community, based in permaculture practice, rainwater harvesting, etc - I have an Aqualibrium Garden I am talking with them about donating, (to be put on display as a teaching tool in the entry way somewhere) and it would be in concert with someone sharing knowledge about how this all works with community members...

Who knows what can come out of this? They are very open to all kinds of ideas.

Anyone excited by this? I have contact info of the person there at the library...

Thanks all!


Comment by Kenny on September 19, 2013 at 12:16pm

Yes an old spa  can be re-purposed as a fish tank. In fact, it is probably insulated (beteter than a fish tank)  as winter is upon us and tilapia don't like water below 60°F.  Insulate as best you can.  I have been successful with my tilapia below the 50° mark, but its expensive.  Otherwise, you'll see many deaths.  Check out Murray Hallam or Glenn Martinez of Olomana Gardens on youtube.  Hope that helps.  btw, for your full on system, look into the CHOP 2 system.

Comment by Cheri Bower on September 18, 2013 at 4:41pm
Can anyone suggest a laymen's guide that offers an in-depth explanation of an aquaponic systems operation? I will be building 2 systems with my eleven year old son.....a small prototype, on a small cart, for his science project and a large full production one to help keep down the cost of organic food I now buy. I live in riverside county, CA. And believe that i am able to raise curtain species of tilapia in this area of ca.
Next.... Can an old spa be repurposed as a fish habitat? I would like to save as much money as possible to build my system and will be looking for components that I can get for free or minimum funds.
Thanks a bunch
Comment by aquaHI on August 14, 2013 at 8:40pm

Hey there! I'll be setting up a new system in my backyard in Oakland soon. I am wondering if anyone here is in Oakland and already has a system set up-- I'd love to come visit, trade seeds, talk shop, etc. I just moved back from Honolulu where I had an amazing little IBC set up for about a year-- I miss my tons of veggies and many many tilapia fry.

Comment by Bob Campbell on June 12, 2013 at 8:51am

It's less about cleaning than absorption into the polyethylene.  In my case the label makes it perfectly clear that the poison is absorbed, and that even the act of cutting the polyethylene drums will release toxins.

So I'm suggesting that the contents of any container should be known and the chemical hazards should be understood. This can be quite difficult as most of us are not chemists.  So unless the contents are something simple like fruit juice, I'm going to question the safety.  

It's kind of ironic.  Some of the barrels I picked up contained DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid).  I thought these might have to be discarded, but it turns out this is a non-toxic substance made from synthetic urea.  It's the soap containers that turned out to be toxic.

Comment by Jay on June 12, 2013 at 8:39am

Fish well Ventura county is strict I haven't decided.

My neighbors are curious my Wife is ticked. Tried to explain but said she understood, until they showed up. 

Comment by Jay on June 12, 2013 at 8:33am

From the 5 IBC's I have 5 grow beads 1 sump tank and 2 full size Fish Tanks.

2 Pumps in the sump.

I have moved the make shift system that already cycled to flow through the new system, wondering if the new system will grow from that or recycle.

Comment by Bob Campbell on June 12, 2013 at 8:14am

I recently picked up a truck load of plastic drums for free.  They contained soap so I thought 'that's got to be okay' - right?  It's soap after all.

Well after I got them home I started reading the labels.  Poison, do not try to clean, do not cut,  do not reuse!   Yikes, now I'm stuck with a load of HAZMAT containers.

My point is don't take the previous contents lightly.  The world is full of nasty stuff and even some of the most benign sounding products can be deadly.

Comment by Kenny on June 12, 2013 at 7:24am

Think my neighbors and family would kill me if I had 5 IBC's.  What was in there that is making this extra difficult? Design plan or layout for your 5? how about kind of fish?


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