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Location: Washington
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Latest Activity: May 5, 2020

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Passionate about Aquaponics!

Started by Devon Watkins. Last reply by Vic Wagoner May 5, 2020. 2 Replies

Hello everyone!I am currently a student at Edmonds College and have a major passion for Aquaponics and plan on building my own aquaponics farm one day. Does anyone here give tours of their aquaponics…Continue

Can I visit and collect data on your aquaponic garden in the Northwest?

Started by Joel Bidnick. Last reply by Joel Bidnick Apr 17, 2016. 3 Replies

Hello, fellow aquaponic practitioners! I’m Joel, a grad student of horticulture at UW, and I’d like the opportunity to visit your system if you use flood-and-drain (or ebb and flow) grow beds within…Continue


Started by Phil Slaton. Last reply by ArrowNeous Mar 14, 2016. 2 Replies

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

Fish for NW Aquaponics

Started by Jeff Guykema. Last reply by Jeff Guykema Mar 11, 2016. 16 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

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Comment by David Stoneburg on January 6, 2011 at 6:05pm
IBC totes in Oregon, check out

When I was driving truck I thought the folding pallets used with a liner would be just the thing. I also saw pallet sized insulated containers that fishermen use that would be great, but much higher in initial cost.
Just trying to think outside the box.
Comment by David Stoneburg on January 6, 2011 at 5:51pm

Rick - how is the power co-generation coming along? I have often thought of using a string of wire, dissimilar metal, junctions laid against a hot source to generate electricity directly.  A combination of series/parallel circuits to get the voltage/amperage needed.  And I also want to lay a grid of black poly tubing in the roof area, at least over the fish tank (shade), to re-absorb the rising heat as well as the solar heat.


Comment by Rick Stillwagon on January 5, 2011 at 3:13pm

Happy New Year!

I have been working on my new greenhouse.  26'w x 24'long.  It is coming along.  We roll the trusses tomorrow.  We will have to begin building the heating system soon, but still narrowing down the design options there.  Hope all is well and look forward to hearing from you.

Comment by Rick Stillwagon on December 17, 2010 at 7:43am

Hi guys,

Been working away on this system.  Green house is getting closer to completion too.  We have decided on a steam engine for power generation.  The stirling engine just doesnt have quite the effeciency we need.  Although, Stirling technologies has made a deal in China to produce their engine, so something should be on the market in a year or two.


We are currently working on the pellet fired boiler, that is probably the major hurdle, it poses the greatest risks.  But I think we have a good idea what we need so it shouldnt take too much more R&D.  I will keep you posted.

Comment by Ricky Flickenger on December 4, 2010 at 10:29am
That sounds amazing rick! nice job, keep us posted.

I wanted to ask you, where did you end up sourcing your totes from? I need similar, but smaller (doing in apt farming here, LOL) food grade totes that are around 1 foot high by 18 inches deep. If you have ideasm that would be great!
Comment by Rick Stillwagon on December 4, 2010 at 8:46am
Hi guys,
I have been working on a heating system that will also generate the electricity to run all the operations of the greenhouse. I have been working with a friend that is a mechanical engineer and it looks very promising.

The question that started it was: Why cant we use the fuel to generate electricity and use the resulting "waste" heat to heat the greenhouse? My reasoning was we use gas to run our car, i generates electricity and moves the vehicle as well as heats it.

So, we are working on a pellet stove that will heat the water and ambient air as well as either drive a "Stirling" engine (this is an external combustion engine) or heat a boiler for a steam engine that will generate electricity that will be used to charge a battery bank that will be attached to an inverter that will give me AC electricity for my pumps and other misc.

I will keep you posted as it gets closer to operational.
Comment by Rick Stillwagon on November 12, 2010 at 1:16pm
I have been looking for sources of IBC totes (275 gallon sguare containers used for food grade liquids,) but most sources are several states away. I think I am going to visit some local industrial areas and see what I can find. I know a good source for bulkhead fittings and other misc. plumbing supplies is McLendons Hardware. Barrels are available just about everywhere.
Comment by Ricky Flickenger on November 9, 2010 at 8:44am
Sounds good to me, especially once I get the big tank running, I'm finding I have questions abut what kind of parts to get and where
Comment by Rick Stillwagon on November 8, 2010 at 11:17pm
I was hoping to discuss local subjects of aquaponics. Heating, cooling, availability of fish, and other supplies, marketing possibilities, and etc.

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