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Free Fingerlings for Aquapons


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: 183
Latest Activity: Apr 23

Discussion Forum

Michigan Tilapia

Started by Jeff S. Last reply by Jeff S Apr 16, 2019. 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 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!


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?

Comment by Cara Leasure on April 2, 2012 at 8:14am

Thank you!  You are AWESOME! Please let me know when you have fingerlings to share. We know someone interested in aquaponics and would love to pay it forward!  already trying to make life better everywhere!

Thank You,






Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on April 2, 2012 at 8:14am

Yesterday, I transported 5 adult fish for a 6 hour trip. I used a large Ice chest with an aerator plugged into an inverter.  Any auto supply will have inverters. I used a taped-on block of wood to keep the top proped open for the aerator hose. hope that helps.

Most breeders will ship next day deleivery for frys and fingerlings in a styrafoam containter with aeriated water. I have had 3 shipments like this without a problem 

Comment by SW on April 2, 2012 at 4:51am

Hi Cara,

With the proper setup they can last for several days.  All you need is a 5 gallon bucket w/ lid and a portable aerator.

We have taken some from central Florida to the Nashville area before with no problems.  That was a 2 day trip and those were transported in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid.  There was 1 small hole in the lid for the air hose/bubbler. 

Hope that helps,

Comment by Cara Leasure on April 2, 2012 at 12:03am

Hello!    My Family and I are very interested in fingerlings.   How far can they travel? I understand the tote size and the pump, but for how long?  Please let me know.


Thank you for this wonderful experience! we are hooked! cara& family


Comment by Larry Reinhardt on April 1, 2012 at 4:47pm

My son dip nets them out of the lake a few blocks behind where I live, right now the weeds along the shore have thousands in them. They are brown bullheads not as quick to grow as channel cats but they are provided by mother nature. I can buy channel cats from my friend who owns Central Florida Fisheries, but I've got 200 of last years catch just about big enough to eat. I've got an old metal milk can that I can use to spawn a batch but they need to mature another year I think.

Comment by SW on April 1, 2012 at 10:29am

Hi Larry,

I didn't know you gave some to Steve, thanks for sharing!  I hope you are overrun with fry soon!  Where are you getting your catfish?

Comment by Larry Reinhardt on March 30, 2012 at 4:58am

Hey Sam,

I gave Steve half of the 42 I got from you to Steve, I divided mine into 3 groups. The group in my greenhouse spawned their second round yesterday. Their spawns were only 10 days apart you would think they are on hormones:>) I only saved a couple dozen fry from the first spawn because of a tumbler malfunction. This weekend I am converting my guppy/angelfish hatchery to tilapia/catfish, raising these guys is a hoot.

Comment by SW on March 29, 2012 at 7:57pm

@Lucy Tobias,
Hi Lucy,
How many gallons is the fish tank in your aquaponic system? About 1 fish per 5 gallons is recommended. Is it set up and running yet? 


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