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Northwest Aquaponics

To discuss regional issues with those in the Northwest

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 Dan Vega on October 24, 2016 at 6:09pm

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Comment by James D Eiselstein on March 14, 2016 at 11:49pm
Yes I'd love to sell depending on the demand/size, etc.
Since, I'm just starting the retail part of hobby farming-
for more details please email me (
I'll give you my # and certainly try to help you.
I currently hatched 2k Rainbow trout fry, 2K Brown Trout,
have some signal crayfish, and I'm try to build an inventory for
trapdoor snails. Appreciate your interest.
Comment by James D Eiselstein on March 14, 2016 at 11:37pm
It's really encouraging to hear success. You deserve the awards.
Have you thought about trying some trout in you system, or are the koi the best for your scale to size? Wow, Good job!
Comment by Michelle Tonkinson on March 14, 2016 at 11:02pm

My kale and lettuce are still doing great also!  I have had tons all winter!  I can't believe it all thrived despite the freezing temps we got this winter.  Love aquaponics!

Comment by ArrowNeous on March 14, 2016 at 12:21pm

Hey everyone, you got your garden up and working yet? My goldfish pond/aquaponics system is circulating, but my fish arent really hungry right now (51 degree highs right now, so no need to feed). I still have lettuce that is growing from last year! 

Comment by Maureen Hope Wall on March 13, 2016 at 11:55pm
James, are you looking to sell some of the fish?
Comment by James D Eiselstein on March 13, 2016 at 11:23pm

Hello !I'm new to this group, but have been an aqua hobbyist for over seven years now. I currently have Steelhead, Rainbow trout, Brown Trout, also native Signal crayfish. I built my own systems that are operational but are still in developmental stages. I'm looking to make a little profit or form a coop if possible. Appreciate

good advice and comments! Thanks! 

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!

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