A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners
A group for New England Aquapons to meet and discuss our uniquely New England challenges.
Latest Activity: Nov 13, 2017
Started by K Schreiber. Last reply by David Greenstein Nov 24, 2014.
I realize many of you are probably past the introductory stage, but for those who aren't, there's an aquaponics introductory workshop scheduled to be held in Portland, ME on Nov 22 @ 6pm at the Urban…Continue
Started by Jonathan Farrand. Last reply by Jack Dunbar Apr 22, 2014.
Just wondering what inspires people to grow using aquaponics. How big is your system and what are your future goals with aquaponics.
There are a lot of good YouTube videos on the "how to" or showing people's setups. As far as reading, this site has plenty of good information, and the general forum area is great for bouncing questions. As far as places to purchase equipment/ supplies, I am the wrong person to ask. I made a DIY system from parts purchased at Tractor Supply Co. and Home Depot.
Hope that answers your question.
Still Actively growing here.
For those in need of Red Wigglers, and would like to purchase locally, I have found a vendor in Charlestown, RI.
She works from home, and her back yard is pretty much devoted to vermiculture.
A very nice lady with some beautiful worms. She also sells bins, worm castings, and other related items.
Inbox me if you would like her info.
Kitty pretty much hit the nail on the head. Lighting and temp are your two biggest challenges IMO. Smell is a non-issue unless you run into a problem or if you feed a smelly food (Canned salmon scraps are a no-no FYI).
I suggest trying to keep your system in a heated area, or have lighting that provides a good degree of heat. A heater for your fish tank is a must. I use a cheap Tetra pond filter from Lowes, and noise is minimal. System setup and placement plays a role in just about everything.
Are you looking to DIY a system, or buy beds/plumbing/tanks specifically designed for AP? Thoughts on fish/plants yet?
Hi Ripton, welcome to aquaponics. We've been running a small trial system in the cellar this winter and had been most concerned about the cool temps (which had made cycling slow, but it works, with patience). But lighting is just as crucial, if not more so, in an indoor system - be sure to invest in some good grow lights, if you want your system to succeed. As far as noise and smell are concerned: the latter should not be an issue at all in a healthy system. Noise depends on your choice of pump (there are some very quiet ones out there you hardly hear). Oh yes, and then there is that nice, constant trickle of running water and the occasional flush of the grow bed... which I love, cause it tells you everything is working fine
Hey Scott, and anyone else for that matter. Just now learning as much as I can and hope to start installing a system soon, but with our NE winters was thinking of an indoor system. We want to be off grid as much as possible and have solar so power is not too much of a concern. Any words of advice from your experience. the Mrs. is concerned about smells and noises. Thanks
I'm Scott from Rhode Island. I have a basement system with 100g fish tank, 2x 20g grow beds, 1x 40g grow bed. 1x 4 bulb T5, 1x 2 bulb T5. Growing herbs and native (wild) chive/onion with success, improving on lettuce, slow growing on tomatoes and peppers. Fish are native brown bullhead catfish, taken from a clean local stream as y.o.y.
System is almost all diy, hoping to have year-round home grown produce.
Found this site on a Google search, figured it would be a good place to gain more knowledge.
I'm Dave Greenstein and I'm new here. I have a small aquaponics system in my 8'x12' greenhouse in West Roxbury. It has been up an running for less than a month with a 70 gallon fish tank, 25 blue gill fingerlings, and a 2'x3' ebb and flow grow bed with a variety of vegetables growing. Everything seemed stable until recently when the 500 gallon/hour pump has begun needing back flushing every day to keep functioning. I am planning to increase the filtering and just purchased an 800 gallon/hour pump with integrated filter. Backflushing in the winter is not as convenient as in the summer. Aquaponics seems simple but involves a lot of effort in practice but I still have hope of getting the system to work more smoothly. I was wondering if the New England Group has regular meetings. If so I would like to attend. I think that aquaponics is in it's infancy and will be a significant factor in world food production. I look forward to meeting with and learing about other members and their systems.
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