Canadian Aquaponics

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License for transporting fish
Jeff McNaughton at Ontario Ministries of Natural Resources 613-258-8426.
Northern Tilapia - Lindsay, ON- Gary Chapman at
North Shore Fish Farms - Kingsville, ON - (519) 326-0940
ON- Check out fish stocking list at
ON -
University of Guelph-Alma Aquaculture Research Station -
Federal Dept of Fisheries & Oceans- Aquaculture -
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance -
Canadian Center for Fisheries Innovation

Discussion Forum

Tilapia on Vancouver Island

Started by Lanna. Last reply by Nathan Harben Aug 4. 38 Replies

Hi -I have been unable to locate Tilapia on Vancouver Island.....does anyone know of any? I don't really want to ship them from Ontario this winter. I have emailed and called the University of…Continue

Full Day Hands-on Workshop in Vancouver, BC - May 24

Started by CanadianGardener Apr 25. 0 Replies

This one day workshop equips you with everything you need to start growing food sustainably using aquaponics. It includes a morning…Continue

Brand New to Aquaponics Looking for Help.

Started by Allen Bridge. Last reply by Ian Cameron Mar 16. 3 Replies

My name is Allen Bridge and I live in Red Deer, AB. I would like to connect with others in Alberta. I am thinking of starting a small indoor garden to experiment before spring. Any suggestions or…Continue

Aquaponics workshop

Started by Ian Cameron. Last reply by Jason Oziel Feb 4. 2 Replies

NOA Fisheries is hosting a 2-3 day workshop at the University of British Columbia in February. An impressive list of speakers. Fairly pricey, but as I am not affiliated to them in any way, I think I…Continue

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Comment by CanadianGardener on April 25, 2014 at 1:43pm

Upcoming Aquaponics Workshop in Vancouver May 24. Visit to find out more.

Comment by DanB on February 20, 2014 at 3:38pm

Great to see we have such a large group of 'Aquaponies' here. This is my 2nd year with aquaponics. This year I am building a new system from lessons learned from last summers successful experiment.

Comment by Michael Gutek on January 16, 2014 at 4:25pm

Hello fellow Canadians!  Brand new and just getting started with aquaponics.  Is there anyone in Saskatchewan with a setup that I could come and see?  Pictures are great but I always like to see things in person.  Also where is a good place to get grow media?  Thanks in advance for any and all replies.

Comment by Bart on January 12, 2014 at 5:06am
Will do. NOA fisheries is the only place I have heard of locally selling fingerlings.
Comment by Pete on January 11, 2014 at 7:24am

I Bart,

Thanks for the reply! I'm in no rush so keep me in mind.


Comment by Bart on January 11, 2014 at 5:26am
Hi Pete agreed $5 each to restock is not going to work. I have some young fingerlings but not enough to sell at this point, check kijjiji I have seen them there before. Keep in mind you have to heat the tank for tilapia, they stop eating around 70F and need it warmer to breed well.
Comment by Pete on January 10, 2014 at 12:13pm

Happy New Years, eh?

I'm new to aquaponics (and to gardening or fish farming at all, for that matter).  I put together a small aquaponics farm over the Christmas holidays as a project with one of my boys. We used a few Rubbermaid tubs, a heavy duty shelf unit, some pvc for the overall structure.  I used a large bin with about 100 L water for the fish tank, about 80 L water in another large bin for the sump tank and 3 of the smaller Rubbermaid tubs (~30 L) filled with expanded clay for the grow beds. I hung two 48" T8 fluorescent lamps which each hold 2 tubes (4 tubes total). 

I've stocked it with about 30 goldfish  to start (~40 cents each) and sprinkled seeds directly into the grow beds. One bed is cucumber, one bed is kale, romaine and spinach and the last is basil and cilantro.  All three beds took off very quickly and the germination rate was so high that I am having to do my second round of thinning out already. 

Ammonia has dropped to zero, pH is holding constant around 6.5 since adding crushed coral, but nitrates and nitrites are both very high.  I'm guessing the second stage bacteria hasn't spread yet.

I'm now reading up on Tilapia and the feasibility of breeding (if that's the fish word) at home. I'm having difficulty finding anywhere that supplies them and to continually restock with shipped $5 each fingerlings doesn't sound feasible.

Anyhow, we are having fun with it and look forward to sharing ideas.  


Comment by Sergey Dekhtyarenko on July 17, 2013 at 11:04am

So I'm in Canada, arrived yesterday in Toronto.

Comment by Sergey Dekhtyarenko on June 29, 2013 at 10:41pm


Has someone an interest in breeding of sturgeon?

Comment by DaveG on June 8, 2013 at 10:15am

Monika: The workshop was put on by Noa Fisheries.

This was the schedule.

I learned so much.


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