First time aquaponics, looking to start up this Spring. I retired last Oct and now have time to pursue sustainable gardening and raising fish. I still do RV transport once a month, love to travel and get paid to do this.
My Tilapia are definitely breeding stock LOL. I started with 5... 4females and 1 male. Didn't know what they were when I got them for free from a hydro store that just wanted to get rid of them. The first few months were spent making sure they lived. The only reason I had plants was to take up the nitrates. Then I figured out when they were brooding and set 2 of the females aside and let them produce. I got 800 fry from those 2 in one shot. I haven't tried to breed them since but they still produce. Haven't been able to grow them out like I should have because there are so many I can't feed them a lot or they contaminate the water. My new system is bigger with more grow beds for more filtration. If you have a basement you could breed and grow fingerlings in the winter and move them outside to grow out in the spring. I have a setup in my basement with smaller grow beds for seed starting and tanks for growing out some of the Tilapia.
Hi Gene and welcome. I'm in Garden City and have been at aquaponics for about 1 1/2 yrs. It's definitely interesting and fun. I'm by no means any kind of expert but will be happy to help guide you into this hobby. People you meet in Aquaponics Gardening are all very helpful but be careful not to get too carried away with all the ideas like I did. I tried to do too much at one time. If you get to the Detroit area I'd be happy to show you my system(s) to give you some ideas. I also have lots of Blue Tilapia available. I don't know of any place in Mi. to get them.