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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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shipping cointainer farms

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Oakland Aquaponics

Started by aquaHI. Last reply by Donald Crain Jul 26, 2018. 23 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

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WANTED: your input on proposed regulation of aquaponics in California

Started by Paul Trudeau. Last reply by Paul Trudeau Mar 1, 2017. 24 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

Selling My System

Started by Janet Little. Last reply by Robyn Barnes Mar 10, 2016. 2 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

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Comment by Daniel B. Lake on September 20, 2016 at 9:56am

Hello fellow CA aquaponics enthusiasts!  I am in the Monterey Bay Area doing some cool things.  will be teaching 'ecological design' at Pacific Grove adult school this fall

Comment by Lori Platt on February 13, 2016 at 9:53am

Comment by Larry Adamson on February 13, 2016 at 9:19am

Hi Lori - Thanks for the quick response.  I would love to visit your farm.  Someone also suggested contacting Max Myers in Willits.  Maybe I could make two stops on my visit.  I sent you a friend request so I can message you and set up a visit soon.

Thanks again


Comment by Lori Platt on February 13, 2016 at 8:52am

Hi Max47  and Larry - I am located in Redwood Valley (20 min. north of Ukiah). We have 2 systems, 5 or 6 years old now. Have not been active on this site...but my systems have been up and running all this time. We raise goldfish, koi, bass and bluegill. Have grown a huge variety of veges and ornamentals. You are welcome to contact me and visit :-)


Comment by Larry Adamson on February 13, 2016 at 8:18am

Hey Max47 - I live between Marysville and Oroville in the foothills.  I joined this group last week.  I'm just starting my first aquaponic garden and I'm looking for others in my area who already have a system set up, so I can look at it and ask questions.  I've sent out numerous messages but haven't located anyone yet.  Any suggestions?


Comment by Max47 on February 12, 2016 at 10:54pm
Is anyone here located in the Northern California area?
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

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