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Source in NW for Barramundi and Tilapia Breeders

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Stark Jul 19, 2012. 4 Replies

Working with a friend who has license for Breeding and selling fish.  I am trying to find source of breeders so we can make some feeders..Continue

Tags: breeders, fry, aquaculture, yellow, perch

Tilapia or Goldfish for first fish????

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Stark Dec 21, 2011. 1 Reply

Wow final budget to finish my Aqua-sys(2-315 gal IBC 14x20 greenhouse) Best supply for Tilapia? or start with goldfish? your recommends?Continue


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At 6:16am on February 29, 2012, John M Sheets said…

Don This is what Rick Stillwagon says about fish selection:

Reply by Rick Stillwagon on August 31, 2011 at 9:00am

Where we are going is a big one. the direction I wish to go is in an organic and cost effective process that runs and is productive year round. This means greenhouses, r-value, energy, lighting, and feed are primary issues.


Project materials: my goal is to find reliable sources for quality recycled materials: glass, lumber, metal, IBC totes, barrels, etc.


I have been researching fish as well. Yellow perch seem to be popular and a re available in the NW. Catfish, bluegill, Crappie, Sunfish, are others. Some of these dont do too well in high densities though.  I recently bought some Yabbie crayfish from Walmart of all places.  They semm to be doing well so far and growing fast. I will keep you informed on what I have success with and what isnt so great...



 Reply by Rick Stillwagon on August 15, 2011 at 2:28pm

Hi Christina,

I am going to be raising Channel Catfish and probably Yellow perch to start out with. I have a mud pond on my property and have already stocked some in there.  Both are natives here in Washington and readily available. The primary issue is still heat. If the fish arent warm they dont eat and if they dont eat they dont create the waste necessary to feed your plants. They are more forgiving in this area should you have a power outage or some other reason for the water cooling. Trout like cooler, clean water, and need to be watched closely for health issues in high densities.

At 9:00pm on February 24, 2012, Anne Phillip said…

Hello fellow Pacific Northwesterner!

At 10:39pm on June 11, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Don,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.  

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.



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