Hi All, I am trying to build a hoop house and aquaponics system in my backyard this summer and I was wondering if there was any Northern california, Bay Area,Valley, or Hills members or set ups that I could visit. Any good training programs, suppliers I can learn from?
my tiny deck system lives in Fairfax. I heard there's a commercial outfit in a warehouse somewhere in Oakland...
zoom in and see who is around then see if they will be your friend so you can send them a message to see if you can visit.
We have 3 systems running at Cabrillo College in Aptos,
could look into bullhead. Chi just got some for his system, they are smaller than channel catfish so the 200 gallon tanks might not be too small for a few of them.
I will check out bullhead and see what others are doing, still trying to get a visit or some training in, hopefully 2012 will be the year. thank you for all the info.
I just recently joined this list. We are in the process of building an aquaponics system as part of our large organic gardens in San Mateo. It seemed strange to be doing soil-less gardening when we have had such an emphasis on building soil. We actually moved the soil from the area where we put the grow beds and tanks. I have been very disappointed to hear that tilapia are illegal. They are suppose to be so easy to grow...and tasty. I can't say that I am surprised to hear a government organization is making illogical decisions. Eric Maundu is designing our system and he is recommending the Sacramento Blackfish that John Parr mentioned. I have been leery because I read on a foody website that they have lots of small bones. Has anyone eaten them yet. I am also curious about the brown trout mentioned by John. I like the way you can remove all the bones at once in rainbow trout...are brown trout the same. I have posted pictures of our building process if anyone is interested....probably too many pictures. We are building a greenhouse over it right now and then Eric will be coming back to finish the sensors and microprocessors.