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Jon Parr
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  • Soquel, CA
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Aquaponics without a PUMP

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Saucier Jan 31, 2014. 145 Replies

I'm throwing this out there for discussion, spawned by a recent blog, but something on my mind since first being interested in AP.  NO PUMPS. Can it happen, and how?Why? Well, 'cause if we didn't…Continue

Tags: cheap, easy, sustainable, man-powered, human-powered

Sluggo, anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Langdon Jun 15, 2013. 32 Replies

I've got a slight, though annoying, slug problem, and I'm considering using Sluggo brand slug bait and killer.From manufacturer:SLUGGO is an advanced slug killer, designed for use in modern farming…Continue

Tags: snail, snails, slugs., phosphate, iron

Moth flies, also called 'drain' or 'sewer' flies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vlad Jovanovic Mar 8, 2013. 9 Replies

I took advantage of some free surplus seedlings on Craigslist this summer (tomato and red peppers) and ended up with some hitchhiker moth flies and white flies. Great. Lesson learned. Anyway, neither…Continue

Tags: drain, sewer, moth, flies, White

Natural swimming pool

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Romen Apr 16, 2014. 27 Replies

So I've been planning a natural swimming pool for the last six months, and I'm ready to break ground. Also called a swimming pond, the idea is to use natural plants and bacteria to keep your pool…Continue

Tags: pond, pool, swimming, Natural


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In progress, yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
Two 8' kiddie pools, covered with horizontal NFT tubes for lettuce and herbs. Two barrels full of gravel and passionfruit. Filling tanks tomorrow, ordering breeding stock soon. I plan on conditioning system with bags of chicken chit until fish arrive. Greenhouse.
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I have a wife and 3 kids that help wrestle our 9 acres in the Santa Cruz mountains overlooking Monterey Bay. I'm a tradesman, looking for a change, hoping this hobby will lead to a career. I fish, surf, freedive, sail, pretty much anything in the water is fun for me. Looking forward to retiring from gopher hunting!

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At 6:30am on November 30, 2023, Ronald Morris said…

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At 3:15pm on February 25, 2022, Magui said…

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At 6:33pm on October 24, 2016, Dan Vega said…

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At 11:43am on March 15, 2016, Lucio Carrozzo said…

Hi Jon. I have a 160 acre open land that I would love to start Aquaponics farming. I live in South Africa where poverty if rife and would like to start a comercially viabile veggie and fish farm whereafter use the knowledge to pass on to the many poor communities. Like you I am in the construction business and am able to do a lot of the construction and building of facilities myself whch would be a huge saving. However I need to get some info/plans/layout ideas together with info/litriture on farming techniques etc

Kindly advise if you can assist

Best regards


At 8:45pm on June 23, 2015, Sly said…

Hi Jon,

I am a fellow califonian (San Jose specifically) and I am fairly new to aquaponics. I am currently using goldfish in my IBC system, but I would like to change catfish and tilapia. I read one of your posts that you were selling some frys. Are you still selling them and do you have any available? I would love you buy some from you. Please email me at thanks in advance.

At 7:23am on May 12, 2015, Steven Fritz said…
Hey Jon interested in ordering some cleverponics rafts asap... i took the commercial aquaponics course you were part of last year in Willits... i can't find the cleverponics rafts you showed us anywhere online... any suggestions? I'm new to this siteso you can call me if that makes it quicker and easier 978 856 5086... thank you for your time... Steven
At 12:35pm on July 8, 2014, Jim Fisk said…

Hey Jon, Life gets in the way. We are doing well. The usual life struggles but we love it here and trout fingerlings are right down the road. Doesn't get much better than that. Our Gh is slowly getting done (the DWC bed is finally on line) but our "castle" drains off most of our time and $. Sold over 400 siphons on Ebay now but everyone and their brother are jumping aboard thinking it is an easy buck. They soon learn.

Here is the link on LI:

I hope that gets u there. If not just go to LI and search: How Can We Finance an Aquaponics Operation?


At 1:32am on February 14, 2014, Mrs. Fisch said…
I saw on a post that you had sacramento perch. Can you give me any information on raising them? Do you still raise them? I am interested in natives and they look interesting, but hard to find info on/source.
At 3:45pm on January 1, 2014, Pierre Riche said…

      Jon, Happy New one. I met your buddy in town and we chatted about your new  setup. I look forward to the tour. Cheers.

At 5:17pm on July 30, 2013, Chris Grossman said…
Sacramento Perch or Sacramento Blackfish fingerlings for sale? 30-40

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