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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 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?

Comment by Jay on June 12, 2013 at 7:02am

30 hours of cleaning 5 IBC's and still at it. No wonder they were 18.00 each. The seller said "just water blast it" well scraping seams to work better. There is going to be a time when it will be good enough


Comment by Kenny on May 18, 2013 at 9:33am

Wow Jay, Exciting! Looks like you've got a fun day today ahead of you!

Comment by Gerald Bush on April 27, 2013 at 8:49am

My name is Gerald Bush we are converting our Riverside County track house into an urban farm with gardens front and back, greenhouse and tilapia. The tanks have been in since November. So far we are having amazing results.

I am interested in sharing my experiences and learning from others.


Comment by Brad Moreau on April 13, 2013 at 9:41pm


I'm Brad out of  Oceanside, Ca. starting up my system, going to be using  two ibc 275 FT w/ a 300 gal sump, four raft beds - 4' x 8'  eight 1/2 barrels w/ gravel, flood & drain  ten vertical towers. FT's one trout, one catfish. trout tank will have 2" rigid foam insulation board on sides & top. cooled by 316 stainless  1/2" soft tubing 100' long ran through a small refridgerator. ( thats my plan anyway) still workin the bugs out .this is my first try @ aquaponics, so its a learning experence 4 me, any feed back would help !!! my ft's are cycling for the first time, so I have a couple weeks or more to finish build. will post pic latter when more is done


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