Northwest Aquaponics

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Started by Phil Slaton. Last reply by Chris Jan 18. 1 Reply

Food Grade held Washington Apple Juice. Dirty. Some held stagnant rainwater and others used for rock and sand filers for my trout grow out tanks. 14 IBCs - $55.00 each or make your best offer for 2…Continue


Started by Phil Slaton. Last reply by Shirley A Davidson Nov 29, 2015. 23 Replies

Due to demand for fry/fingerlings we moved up the temperature in the breeding colony tanks this Winter and have both Blue and Hornorum/Mossambicus (all male offspring) breeding again. Mr. Stork was a…Continue

Fish for NW Aquaponics

Started by Jeff Guykema. Last reply by Jeff Guykema Aug 9, 2015. 14 Replies

I'm brand new to AP but have been reading and, hopefully, studying for about a year or so. During that time, I knew I wanted to have tilapia as my fish, but am fairly sure I won't be able to sustain…Continue

New IBC Grow Out Tank System

Started by Phil Slaton Mar 30, 2015. 0 Replies

The barrels in the back of the 6-IBC grow out tanks are 2-media filters, 1 lava rock filter and on the extreme left, the sump.  Since my heart surgery this grow out system is for sale.The large 1,000…Continue

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Comment by Paul Anguiano on November 21, 2015 at 1:22pm

Tilapia show up on Craigslist here in WA.  Legally, you're not supposed to transport them without a permit, and then, only from a certified source.  The DFW offices I've spoken with don't really know what to do with people who want to raise tilapia, but the fish laws in the state are pretty draconian, partly to protect their salmonid industries, and partly because of crazy water rights laws.  In any case, most people get around these by pretending the tilapia are ornamentals (which are ridiculously exempted from all laws, unless on specific lists).

I use redundant water heaters in my greenhouse, and find that my white niles can handle quite a bit of cold.  If I let it slip below around 68F, though, their appetite is affected, so I watch it closely.  I run primarily flood-and-drain expanded shale beds, some float rafts.  I run with low carbonates, pH 6.5, ~1000G in the current system.  I'm taking parts of it offline for renovation, though, and will bring my new 1000G fish tank online in the spring, along with a lot of new beds, towers, and rafts.

Comment by Vic Wagoner on October 25, 2015 at 6:04pm

Can't help with much advice abt growing in WA. Lived in AZ and my tilapia did real well there. First try here my heater failed and lost all my fish (didn't need a heater in AZ). I was able to find fingerlings on Craigs List but haven't seen any lately. Did find this place but haven't bought any fish from them so I can't recommend them but they are located in Eugene OR, Green Hill Gardens. Might not be too far from your location. Like the pictures of your setup. My wife is the same way, she won't look at the fish or feed them cause then she won't eat them. :-)

Comment by Michelle Tonkinson on October 25, 2015 at 3:59pm
The plan was to do tilapia, but I couldn't find a local source. Plus I wasn't sure I could eat something I raised from a baby! (I know...wimpy, pathetic, etc.). So, I have koi!
Comment by Tetsuzan Benny Ron on October 25, 2015 at 1:50pm

What fish species are you growing Michelle Tonkinson ?

Comment by Michelle Tonkinson on October 25, 2015 at 12:42pm

Hi! I am new to this group.  I have a 4 month old aquaponic system so am new to the whole concept as well.  I have a 650 gal fish tank and two large media beds with hydroton.  Would love to see any existing systems in the area!  Does this group do a "show and tell" ever?

Comment by Phil Slaton on July 12, 2015 at 9:04pm
Comment by Carla&Dave on July 12, 2015 at 1:17pm

Our first Skagit county visitors came by today! They're the folks sharing their gardens in the sustainable ag tour next week, and at least a couple of them are interested in AP! One really wants to do solar, so I count it as a win for spreading the AP word locally. I hope to really get some interest going from the big tour next week.

Comment by Phil Slaton on May 30, 2015 at 6:38pm

Sorry that I have been away.  I had 4-way bi-pass surgery.  I have to sell my fish business - IBCs - $50.00 each or make offer.  Pure strain Blue Tilapia fingerlings 1 plus inches at $1.00 each or make offer.  Phone inquiries welcome, ask for Phil Three Six Zero-Six Nine Seven-7880

Comment by erin on April 20, 2015 at 2:43pm

hi every one I love aquaphonix and hooked .i had a 125 running but it started seeping so downsized to a 75g my gold fish and pleco. i am currently doing some volunteer work at pcc rock creek in the garden they recently started a hydro setup for some of the veggies but its only running watter. they have 2 systems a gutter grow and a bucket setup i am going to talk to them about letting me change 1 length of gutter they are 20'  into a aqua setup?? they have 4  of them running any advice thoughts??

thank you all i am from aloha oregon 


Comment by Joe Faulks on April 17, 2015 at 2:08pm
Hi everyone my name is joe faulks. I am new to aquaponics I been doing research online and in books. I haven't yet built a system. I live in Bellingham is their anyone around that I can see a system that up and running plz and ty.

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