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New England Aquaponics

A group for New England Aquapons to meet and discuss our uniquely New England challenges.

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FYI: Aquaponics workshop Nov 22

Started by K Schreiber. Last reply by David Greenstein Nov 24, 2014. 2 Replies

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

Motives for aquaponics?

Started by Jonathan Farrand. Last reply by Jack Dunbar Apr 22, 2014. 3 Replies

Just wondering what inspires people to grow using aquaponics. How big is your system and what are your future goals with aquaponics.

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Comment by David Greenstein on November 26, 2012 at 10:30pm

Hi Everyone,

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. 

Comment by K Schreiber on November 14, 2012 at 9:37am

Hi Kitty,

Northern NH, huh?  That's a challenge!  I look forward to hearing your solutions.  Welcome to the group!

Comment by Kitty Kerner on November 13, 2012 at 7:33pm

Well, I've just taken "the course" with Sylvia & Co.  and now have all winter to think about that perfect aquaponics setup... My husband and I are up here in northern NH, thinking about a commercial operation and mostly concerned with two things (the usual): the long, cold winters and being pretty far away from markets. Very interested in passive solar greenhouses and looking forward to learn about what works for others up here. Rob - your dome is awesome!

Comment by Rob Torcellini on August 6, 2012 at 10:09am

Excellent!  And welcome to the group!

Comment by K Schreiber on August 6, 2012 at 9:48am

Hi Rob,

My son and I have enjoyed watching your videos on building and setting up your dome greenhouse.  I see you are the chair for the New England region for the Aquaponics Association, too.  Great!  I plan on joining soon.

Comment by Rob Torcellini on March 18, 2012 at 3:51pm

Heidi, the dome is built from scratch, the first video about it is here.  I went with the dome because it's unique.  They can also handle a large snow load without any internal support. 

Don, you're welcome to stop in, just send me a private message when you want to do it so I know I"ll be around.

Comment by Heidi Burrows on March 18, 2012 at 7:28am

Hey Rob I saw the pics of your dome - we are looking at greenhouses and i know you started with a basic Harbor Freight and now are expanding into the dome - Did you buy a kit or are you making your own?  Also why the dome instead of a standard greenhouse?  Just thought I would pick your brains as we are in ME and CT isn't much different in temp and snow.  Any advice would be appreciated!  Thanks!

Comment by Don Z on March 17, 2012 at 7:50pm

Rob, I saw some of the pictures you posted of the dome, looked really cool!!  I would love to take a ride out to Eastford and check it out, next weekend maybe???

Comment by Rob Torcellini on March 17, 2012 at 6:53pm

Hi Don,

I live in Eastford CT..  should be less than an hour's drive.  I have a small greenhouse and currently building a large geodesic dome greenhouse.

Comment by Don Z on March 17, 2012 at 5:52pm

Greetings New Englanders!!!  I live in Hartford and am currently building a barrelponics system down in my basement.  Really excited about this and would really like to see some other systems in action, so if you live anywhere in New England, other than Maine and Northern Vermont and would be interested in showing off your set up, let me know!!


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