Aquaponic Gardening

A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners


Northwest Aquaponics

To discuss regional issues with those in the Northwest

Location: Washington
Members: 155
Latest Activity: Apr 23, 2019

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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


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

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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.
Comment by Joseph Michael Martino on March 16, 2015 at 11:03am

Hey all,

Just looking for some good resources on fish introduction, fish care, and figuring stocking density.  I have a few resources but I'm struggling with some understandings.  1lb fish per 5-10 gallons of water, other folks (Bright Agrotech/SRAC) suggest introducing total number of fish to that ratio then feeding them a high amount to get them up to weight.

What have ya'll gone by?


Comment by Linda Logan on August 13, 2014 at 2:28pm

If it's any consolation, I do both (flood and drain and bell siphon).  I have heard that it is easier on a pump to run continuously rather than on/off.  Saying that, I haven't had any problems with my pumps in either system.  The flood and drain has been running two years.  The bell siphon, about 6 months.

Many people make their own bell siphons which would make the cost nominal.  So if this one quits, that's an option.  Lots of DYI stuff on it.

Comment by Chris Keaton on August 13, 2014 at 1:09pm

Howdy all,

I have a 200 gal fish tank and 2-60 gal beds.  I put bell siphons in the beds, mostly because I liked the idea of siphons over flood and drain.  In retrospect I wish I had gone with the straight flood and drain.  The bell siphons work great and I really like the whoosh of water and the aeration, but the flood and drain would have been so much cheaper in both the short and long term.  Short term as the cost of the drain pipe is hardly anything compared to the cost of building/purchasing a bell siphon.  Long term because I could be running my pump 15 min every 2 hours instead of always on.  I have aerators in the fish tank so I don't need the extra aeration from the siphons.  Those are my thoughts on what I did and what I now think would have been a better way.



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