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Free Fingerlings for Aquapons

A group for those of you willing to donate fingerlings (tilapia, koi, catfish, etc) to other Backyard Aquapons and the those needing them.

Let's help each other! There is strength in unity. Let's make a better world through aquaponics!

Members: 182
Latest Activity: May 18

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Michigan Tilapia

Started by Jeff S. Last reply by Jeff S Apr 16. 43 Replies

I'm in the Detroit area and have free Tilapia available to beginners. Also willing to share info if needed.Continue

Omaha Nebraska area

Started by Justin. Last reply by Rick Budzinski Aug 4, 2015. 7 Replies

I have some 4 to 6 inch white tilapia I need to get rid of.  If you are willing to pick them up and grow them out for harvest let me know   Thank you Continue

Any activity in San Antonio

Started by Larry Miller. Last reply by Larry Miller Jun 5, 2015. 2 Replies

I have been looking for fellow aquapons in the San Antonio area but have been unsuccessful so far. Anyone out there willing to share resources, fish, etc.?Continue

Looking for Tilapia in OK or TX

Started by Angie Darden. Last reply by Greg Mathers Jun 2, 2015. 2 Replies

I live in Bartlesville OK and travel to Dallas frequently. Looking for tilapia somewhere in between. I'll gladly pay. Only need about 6. Thanks! AngieContinue

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Comment by SW on April 21, 2012 at 4:36am

Oh thanks Larry!  I need to get your address so I can come by sometime and see your setup and grab a couple of males from you.  I will be over in your direction quite a bit over the next few weeks so maybe we can arrange a time to meet.  Shoot me an email with your contact info and I'll give you a call.

Comment by Larry Reinhardt on April 12, 2012 at 8:37am

Hey Sam,

I caught up some of the fish in my 3,000 gal FT to see if any of them had mouths full of eggs or fry, not yet the water hasn't gotten above 72 so far. Those fish are from a breeder in Dunnellon and look like your fish, the males are 9 to 12 inches. I'm going to cross your fish with them and your welcome to some males if you are interested.

Comment by SW on April 12, 2012 at 8:16am

@Larry - That's great news!  It's wonderful to hear of the multiplying. Here in Port Orange we too had a mild winter and with heaters in my IBC tanks it wasn't hard to keep the water in the 60's and my aquariums all stayed in the upper 60's.

Anyone around central fl. have some blue males they would like to swap for some of my males or females?  I want to setup a new breeding colony and would like to introduce some new genes to the colony.

Comment by Larry Reinhardt on April 11, 2012 at 6:21am

Hey Ed,

I left my 96 blues(I think they r blues) out all winter in an above ground pool and I only lost two. We have had worse winters but even at that I have seen them in a river and a lake just a few miles from me(NW of Apopka). I know the water temp went down to 48 so they are tougher than advertised.

SW - 3 pair of those you gave me spawned over the weekend so Ed(the Ed who I split them with) should have some fry as well.

Comment by SW on April 11, 2012 at 3:07am

Hi Ed,

Yes I do heat my tanks and cover them with styrofoam.  When it gets really cold I stop my pumps and siphon leaving just the aerators going.

Comment by Ed Hall on April 11, 2012 at 2:02am

Good day all,  As I live in Cocoa, I am a little concerned about keeping these fish alive during the 3 weeks of winter that we experience in Central Florida.  So Mr. Sam, do you heat your tanks at all, or just let Mama Nature hve her way???

Comment by SW on April 8, 2012 at 8:12am

Welcome to our newest member Randy Proctor!  He has graciously offered fingerlings to those in the Jay Oklahoma area!  I will be adding a new "discussion forum" for that area! 

Here's what Randy is offering:

"Would like to help out people in a driving distance.  We are in Jay Ok.  You must come and get them.  Have a portable battery operator and 5 gallon bucket for them to travel."

Thanks Randy!

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on April 3, 2012 at 7:45am

Lucy

I think what SW is meaning is that when your fish are adults, you should not do more than 80 fish. My first batch of fish were 50 White Nile Tilapia in a 100 gal tank. As my fish grew, I added tanks and grow beds. Now, I use aquariums to keep my eye on the little ones and their water. A 40 gal aquarium can accommodate 100 frys easily. That is my opinion

 

Comment by SW on April 3, 2012 at 7:21am

Welcome new members!

@Lucy - You have an 80 fish capacity @ 400 gallons.  That doesn't mean you have to have that many for your system to run properly, that's just the max "recommended" density.  Since this is your first system it might be a good idea to start with some inexpensive feeder goldfish to get your system cycled.  That's what I did in the beginning and I still have many of those original goldfish.  They are now HUGE and look like small, fancy Koi!

Sam

Comment by Lucy Tobias on April 2, 2012 at 12:19pm

@sw Yes, my system is up and running, using an old hot tub, 400 gallon capacity. does this help?

 

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