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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 temps that they need during Spring, Fall and Winter (it is Washington, after all).

My AP system is in a hoop house with 6mil cover, 330gal IBC FT with 1 gravel bed and 1 dwc bed so far. 

I began thinking trout, but am pretty sure they'll go insane in the heat we're having.

So, I hope y'all would help me out by letting me know what fish you're using in your Western Washington AP systems... especially if you aren't heating or cooling your water.

Thanks so much!

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Linda, thanks for the info.  Jeff, catfish should do well.  Good luck and let us know how it works out.

Finally got my system up and running... what a relief. Cycling now with some goldfish. Having decided to go with catfish, I'm struggling to find them for sale. And, when I do find them, they won't ship. 

Any ideas on where to find channel cats in the South Puget Sound area? Thanks a lot for any help!

Trout  really are the native fish to have in the Northwest, I've hatched and raised, Rainbow trout

and Brown trout from eyed eggs. they just need to be in the shade in cool water. Heating water is

inefficient. Done tilapia but they have problems in the winter below 50 F.

Right, James. I was considering Trout when I started. Love those guys.  However, my water got up to high 80's during the summer last year. Figured that it's easier to heat water than to cool it.  How did you keep 'em cool?


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