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Rick Stillwagon
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LED lighting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lloyd Booth Aug 28, 2012. 19 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has experience with LED lights? They are supposed to be very efficient. I am planning on using them to extend daylight for a few hours to supplement our short days in…Continue

My beginning...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Stillwagon Jan 27, 2013. 7 Replies

Hi everbody! I am about to begin my adventure in aquaponics. I will appreciate any advice you may have for me. I have been studying as much as I can and trying to digest and come up with a plan for…Continue


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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Koi, Tilapia, Catfish
How big is your fish tank?
I hope to build another system soon
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
Please tell us something else about yourself.
My goal now is to build a system that is a closed loop, and supplied by the waste stream (waste heat, organic waste) of my business.

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At 10:09pm on September 17, 2015, Nancy Grinstead said…
Can you add this newby to the group please
At 10:13am on August 28, 2012, George said…

Rick:  Could you direct me to some info on this subject?  I'd really like to distill essential oils from my own plants and then use it to make Christmas gifts.  Thanks.

We did a distillation demo of essential oils using citrus and mint.

At 10:30am on April 13, 2012, Lloyd Booth said…

Good morning, my local farm store has pond fishing supplies, including catfish. Because they were purchased, by them, as ORNAMENTALS they are $4.00 a 4 inch fingerling. And they are not interested in fleet sales even if I buy 100 of them. I was referred to a place in rural Pierce county as a listed hatchery of catfish, but there was no address, and the phone wouldn't take a message or accept a fax (though it did end in a fax tone). The nearest place that was willing to ship was in Missouri though their shipping costs were EXPENSIVE.   ** An additional note **  I have twice called my regional WA Fish & Wildlife Office and also sent emails asking questions, without one reply. I am afraid to ship in from out of state without discussing it with them and getting permits, etc. But they do not reply to me by phone or email.

At 9:14pm on February 24, 2012, Anne Phillip said…

Hi Rick- just wanted to say that I am enjoying your blog. Thanks for writing it.

At 9:28am on February 17, 2012, Anne Phillip said…

Thanks Rick- I will contact her, that is a great idea. I appreciate the invite, it would be excellent to see different systems.

At 9:34am on December 26, 2011, Carey Ma said…

Hey buddy, Merry X-Mass!

I haven't seen you on here for a while. Been busy making money? Anyway just dropped by to say hi.


At 6:08pm on December 15, 2011, Eric Warwick said…

Hey Rick, my bio/chem teacher was looking for an aquaponics expert for our project, making a family self-sufficient for a month with aquaponics. You were the first person who popped into my mind, so I'm wondering if you could help us out with your expertise. Her e-mail is Hope we can work something out.

At 5:19pm on December 4, 2011, Carey Ma said…

Wink ;)

Thanks buddy.

At 7:54pm on November 8, 2011, Oma Richmond said…

I'm in Portland Ore. and I am so impressed with the greenhouse system you are putting together together. Wow!

I have been playing at this and altho I have just the gutters and what looks like a NFT system, I have been using 3" coco cups (with coco) I do a flood and drain in the gutters every 3 to 4 hours. (depending on the season). Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the full grown food I had all last winter and the system is down now, as I am replacing the two 25 gal reservoirs (under the table with the cloth cover) with a 50 gal aquarium.  I would like to use one of the reservoirs as some sort of bio filter. . . Using the clay and earthworms?  I'm not sure and I was hoping to have someone take a look at what I've got and help me get it set up in the best possible way.  Looks like you have a lot on your plate, to actually come to Portland and help me get this set up.  Any suggestions or interest?

At 4:29pm on October 23, 2011, Eric Warwick said…
Hi Rick. Yes I think we should meet sometime about our possibilities area, however since I'm 14 I'll go with my parents. Hope we can work something out. --Eric.

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What I have been doing as of late.

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 10:26am 2 Comments

I have been in the midst of the red tape cutting and development of a micro distillery. 

When I started my exploration of greenhouse cultivation and aquaponics, I wanted to heat it all efficiently.  The wiseway pellet stove set many other tangents un heating and energy into motion.  The steam engine, hydronic heating systems, bio-mass usage, and…


Nutrient Cycle

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 5:49pm 5 Comments

Nutrient Cycle The BIG Picture


At some point, and sooner than later, we will have to face the fact that we are the biggest producers of nutrient dense waste.  We desire to eat nutritious food, often eating it to excess.  Our bodies only use what it can in that moment and the rest passes through.  So, with our rich diets comes an abundance of nutrient rich waste.

For centuries, and even today, human waste is used for agriculture.  You may…


Aquaponics & Economics

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:59pm 6 Comments

Aquaponics is a fascinating method of growing.  Creating a micro-eco-system (can you double hyphenate?) is a challenging, interesting, and often expensive endeavor.  I enjoyed the research and the fruits of that labor.  But, in the Northwest, I found it to be a greater challenge to make it economically practical on a small scale. 


Perhaps if I were to use native species of fish and allowed the system to go dormant during the cold and dark season, it may have been more…


The Journey Continues

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 2:46pm 3 Comments

Greetings again Aquapons!  I have been on an interesting journey the past couple of years.  It all started with a better filter for my koi.  Researching bog filters inspired the notion of growing edible plants in the bog, which through my research I stumbled upon aquaponics.


Through my research and desire to find an economical means of heating my system, I stumbled upon the Wiseway pellet stove, which I became a statewide distributor for their company and recently sold that…


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