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After 10 Years of Successful Business, White Brook Tilapia Farm is for Sale

Started Nov 8 0 Replies

After a decade of successful business, we have decided it is time to work towards simplifying a bit, and to begin the process of looking for a new steward for White Brook Tilapia Farm. Don’t worry,…Continue

 

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After 10 Years of Successful Business, White Brook Tilapia Farm is for Sale

After a decade of successful business, we have decided it is time to work towards simplifying a bit, and to begin the process of looking for a new steward for White Brook Tilapia Farm. Don’t worry, we intend to continue normal operations until we find a suitable person or entity to take over, so orders will not be impacted in any way, and the phones will still be answered by a helpful friendly voice when you need us. Bottom line is we’re here for you, and that commitment is not changing. We…See More
Nov 8
Kellen Weissenbach replied to Todd Sakai's discussion Aquarox's grow bed media in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Hello Todd, Yes, I use AquaRox, and I've been very pleased with the product.  The aquarox media in my outdoor systems have gone through 3 winters outside now, and held up great (no cracking or breakdown at all).  It was much cheaper…"
May 6, 2015
Kellen Weissenbach commented on SW's group Tilapia Breeding
"Hi Randall - If you mean certified as in do we have a disease free certificate, then yes.  Our hatchery stock is inspected according to OIE/AFS standards by a fully credentialed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Ours happens to be the regional…"
Aug 8, 2013
Kellen Weissenbach commented on SW's group Tilapia Breeding
"Thanks for the recommendation Dave. :)"
Aug 5, 2013
Kellen Weissenbach replied to Hydroponics Curacao's discussion Mozambique tilapia in the group Tilapia Breeding
"Mozambiques are generally the slowest growing of the more popular Oreochromis species.  Blues, White Brook White Niles and Red Niles will typically perform much better."
May 28, 2013
Kellen Weissenbach commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Wheat will do just fine, just like any other grass, but it uses a great deal of surface space for what you'll get in terms of harvestable food, both in terms of mass and value.  "
Dec 21, 2012
Paul Trudeau left a comment for Kellen Weissenbach
"Thanks for your comment on "The Future of Aquafeeds" report, Kellen.  Good to get your perspective!"
Sep 28, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach replied to Paul Trudeau's discussion "The Future of Aquafeeds" in the group Feeding
"Being in the feed industry myself, I have followed this subject closely for many years.  Ironically, I was reading this piece yesterday.  While this whitepaper gives a lot of "optimism" to fishmeal alternatives, a few big…"
Sep 28, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Hi Leo, While that will work for a while, ultimately you will accumulate huge amounts of solids in your grow beds without proper mechanical filtration (solids removal) in front of them, which will lead to a less stable system, a potential/likely…"
Sep 18, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"The short answer: None The longer answer: Substrate in the bottom of a fish tank will tend to collect solids.  Unless you need the substrate for a specific reason (some species prefer it for breeding for instance), I would recommend keeping it…"
Sep 18, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach replied to Phil Slaton's discussion Pangasius and Tilapia in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Hi Phil, You can give us a shout if you'd like.  info-at-tilapiasource.com."
Aug 29, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach commented on SW's group Tilapia Breeding
"More often than not, folks claiming they're selling "pure" tilapia, are basing that off of the claims of the people they bought them from. That becomes a pretty suspect way of proving purity (depending on source), and becomes…"
Aug 8, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach commented on SW's group Tilapia Breeding
"Greetings from Big Sand Lake in Park Rapids, MN!  We are on our annual family vacation this week, so I apologize if it takes me a bit longer than usual to respond to questions.  The chase for big Walleye and splashing around the beach with…"
Aug 8, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach replied to Brent Wheeler's discussion checking my levels advice please in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Hi Brent, I would feel more comfortable with that ammonia level being lower, but you are currently within the "safe zone" since most of your total ammonia is "locked up" as ammonium."
Jul 31, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Okay, so ammonia issues should not have been a problem then.  At the worst case numbers you provided (ph 7.0, temp 83F), .5ppm ammonia would only be about .003ppm toxic ammonia with the balance consisting of the "safer" ammonium."
Jul 19, 2012
Kellen Weissenbach commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Hi John, If your ph was high, combined with high water temp, even .5ppm ammonia can potentially be toxic to your fish.  Do you have readings for ph and temp?"
Jul 19, 2012

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Sylvia of course! :-)
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, NFT, vertical, combination
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Koi, Tilapia, Trout, Catfish, Other
How big is your fish tank?
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Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am the hatchery manager for White Brook Tilapia Farm based in the Kansas City, MO area. White Brook provides tilapia fry and fingerlings to aquaponics growers, aquaculture operations, pond owners, educational institutions and research facilities. White Brook also provides many other fish species on a seasonal "as available" basis.

I have been involved with aquaculture and aquaponics since 1996. My primary focus has been on fish genetics. I co-founded White Brook in 2000. Today, the company is the leading provider of pure, named strain tilapia in the United States. We employ sophisticated and leading edge management and tracking techniques in our hatchery. As a result, we see consistent and continuous improvements in our strains with each successive generation.

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At 12:04pm on September 28, 2012, Paul Trudeau said…

Thanks for your comment on "The Future of Aquafeeds" report, Kellen.  Good to get your perspective!

At 8:55pm on January 9, 2011, Dave Howe said…

Ahhh.....Just figured out who you are. I just bought some tilapia from you guys about a month ago. Came by and picked em up myself. They're growing bigger...... Are you the same owners as premium fish food co.?

 

Thanks,

 

Dave Howe

At 2:54pm on December 10, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Kellen, someone started a thread about finding a good price on large quantities of feed.  Thought you might want to jump in there!

At 6:47am on December 10, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Kellen,

 

Awesome to have you in here!

 

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to join in.  Always thrilled to have experienced growers join us – please post some photos of your system!

 

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Main page.

 

Please add a photo of yourself and participate!

 

Thanks again for joining us.  There is an active discussion on breeding tilapia that might be a good place for you to get in there and introduce your valuable fishie skills.  woot!

 

Sylvia

 

 
 
 

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