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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 Rob Torcellini on February 3, 2012 at 4:53pm

the fish water goes down to about 36 so the water won't freeze.  The fish just sit at the bottom of the tank for about 2 months and I stop feeding them....just a snack once in a while.

Comment by Roderick Jay on February 3, 2012 at 4:45pm

Let's say you didn't heat the greenhouse during the winter, will the goldfish die, or just go into a hibernation?  You're right about the electricity, that's an interesting project you've got with the dome.

Comment by Rob Torcellini on February 3, 2012 at 1:17pm

there are more efficient ways to heat (and insulate) a greenhouse, but when it's 15 outside, it cost about $8 in electricity to heat that little greenhouse during the night.  Sadly, it's far cheaper to get veggies from the grocery store during the winter.

Comment by Roderick Jay on February 3, 2012 at 12:48pm

Insightful videos Rob.  That helped put this into perspective.

Comment by Rob Torcellini on February 3, 2012 at 11:38am

I'm in CT and can extend my season by about 2 months on the spring and fall.  A small electric heater keeps it going a bit long on the tougher nights.  go to my YouTube channel at and scroll down to the older videos.  These a bunch of them in there about my Harbor Freight 10x12...including some where I'm growing lettuce in the dead of winter. 

Comment by Roderick Jay on February 3, 2012 at 11:31am

That makes sense Rob.  With a simple greenhouse, what would be a typical season?  I've got a small plot of land to work with, I'm considering starting with a 250 gal tank.  What fish work best in this climate?

Comment by Rob Torcellini on February 3, 2012 at 10:54am

It's easy if you're willing to pay for heat and electricity.  ;-)   For the most part, if you're willing to put in a small greenhouse, you can extend your growing season by a few months.  Much more than they you have to get fancy.

Comment by Roderick Jay on February 3, 2012 at 10:12am

Hello NE AP group.  I'm totally new to this, I discovered aquaponics through an article about farming in the inner city of Baltimore and I was completely intrigued.  A little searching and I landed here.  First off, how difficult is it to farm year round in New England?

Comment by K Schreiber on February 2, 2012 at 7:41am


The aquaponics workshop in Maine was organized through the Portland Permaculture meetup group.  I don't remember their exact name, but its free to join the group & they have lots of workshops on growing in Maine.  Welcome to the group!

Comment by Heidi Burrows on February 2, 2012 at 4:01am

Hi New England AP members!  Another newbie here.  Our family was looking for a better way to grow and AP seems perfect!  Unfortunately here in the foothills of ME we are not as mild in temps as others have had it.  Our areas has been staying pretty cold so I know we will have our work cut out for us when we design our outdoor system this summer.  Just wanted to say hello and introduce ourselves.  I am bummed we missed the gathering in Portland, ME in November so please let us know if another is scheduled as we would love to talk to others in the area.  Have a great day everyone!


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