Commercial Systems

Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with our patented ZDEP

  • Profitable
  • Dependable
  • Efficient
  • Sustainable

Complete Packages - Proven Designs
If you are planning a commercial aquaponics venture, Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with our patented ZDEP are the only fully-developed, complete system packages available for large scale production. They include the equipment, manuals, documentation and support you need to get into and be successful in the aquaponics business.

Maximize Production
Nelson and Pade, Inc.'s commercial line of Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® include our patented ZDEP™ system, which reduces waste and increases nutrient availability for additional plant growth.  All of our commercial systems use the accelerated nursery for faster production and increased income.

Learn more about the patented ZDEP™ system

Expandibility
Commercial systems come in modules that can be duplicated for expansion, allowing a grower to easily increase size as the business grows.

Continuous Harvests, 365 days per year
The vegetable crops from these systems can be harvested daily to meet market demand. Our systems are designed for continuous vegetable production, 365 days/year. Each commercial system uses either 4 or 6 fish tanks for staggered harvesting. With tilapia that means you will harvest a tank full of fish every 4 or 6 weeks. If you use two modules, you will harvest a tank full of fish every 2 or 3 weeks. With 3 modules, it is every 1-2 weeks, and so on.

Customer, Jeff Dean, Tennessee, comments: "Thank you so much for those kind words. Knowing that working with you and Rebecca is much more than just a business deal gives comfort. It helps so much to have the trust in you and Rebecca to help us to avoid as many mistakes as possible. I can only thank you and we both feel fortunate that we have you both for guidance."

System Description

Commercial Systems include:

  • Complete Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®– proven, science-based design includes fish tanks, tank drains and fish tank stands, all filter tanks, drains and filter media, including the patented ZDEPand filter tank stands, the raft tank frames, custom-fit food-grade raft tank liners, media bed frames and custom-fit food-grade liners, media for beds, water pump(s) and plumbing, gate valves and true union ball valves, air blower, aeration system and air diffusers, automated plant propagation and accelerated plant nursery system, fish net, thermometer, starter supply of grow cubes
  • Aquaponic Food Production (RL Nelson) and Aquaponics Q and A books (J Rakocy)
  • Operation Manual
  • SOP (Standard Operating Procedures)
  • GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) template
  • Optional Success Packages includes system assembly guidance, the Extended Stay Learning Program and the Nelson and Pade Grower Program

Commercial systems come in two versions

Farm Market Systems

  • Include 4 fish tanks, 2 raft tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
  • Intended for supplemental income or family business
  • Smaller size allows most or all of the crops to be sold retail
  • Allows for greater crop diversity: great for Farm Market sales!
  • 4 sizes to choose from, sizes range from 2,600 - 5,700 sq. ft.

Commercial Systems

  • Include 6 fish tanks, 4 raft tanks, 2 Living Filter Media Beds
  • Intended for serious commercial production of lettuce and leafy greens
  • Large-scale production
  • Living Filter Media Beds allow for some crop diversity
  • 4 sizes to choose from, sizes range from 6,000- 20,000 sq. ft.

 

Commercial Systems - Pricing and Specifications

4 - 200 Farm Market System


 
Configuration 4 - 200 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP™,
2 raft tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
Annual Vegetable Production
(assuming crops are grown in a properly controlled
environment with supplemental light and good management)

17,280 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 9,000 - 12,000 bunches of greens in the
Living Filter Media Beds

-or-

17,280 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 256 sq. ft of other vegetable production
in the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production 880 lbs. whole fish (293 lbs. fillets)
Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
1 - 30' wide bay (30')  x 88' long =  2,640 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 3 - 5 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $35,400, plus $850 palleting fee
   

4 - 300 Farm Market System


 
Configuration 4 - 300 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP™,
2 raft tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
Annual Vegetable Production
(assuming crops are grown in a properly controlled
environment with supplemental light and good management)
 

25,920 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 14,000 - 17,000 bunches of greens in the
Living Filter Media Beds

-or-

25,920 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 384 sq. ft of other vegetable production
in the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production 1,311 lbs. whole fish (437 lbs. fillets)
Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
2 - 30' wide bays (60') x 76' long = 4,560 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 6 - 8 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $41,895, plus $850 pallting fee
   

4 - 500 Farm Market System


 
Configuration 4 - 500 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP™,
2 raft tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
Annual Vegetable Production
(assuming crops are grown in a properly controlled
environment with supplemental light and good management)

40,320 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 19,000 - 22,000 bunches of greens in the
Living Filter Media Beds

-or-

40,320 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 512 sq. ft of other vegetable production
in the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production 2,168 lbs. whole fish (723 lbs. fillets)
Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
2 - 30' wide bays (60') x 96' long = 5,760 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 9-11 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $63,395, plus $950 palletig fee
   

 

6 - 500 Commercial System


 
Configuration 6 - 500 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP™,
4 raft tanks, 2 Living Filter Media Beds
Annual Vegetable Production
(assuming crops are grown in a properly controlled
environment with supplemental light and good management)

57,600 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 11,500 - 14,500 bunches of greens in the
Living Filter Media Beds

-or-

57,600 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 320 sq. ft of other vegetable production
in the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production 4,845 lbs. whole fish (1,615 lbs. fillets)
Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
1-42', 1-18' wide bays (60') x100' long= 6,000 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 9 - 11 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $63,395, plus $950 palleting fee
   

6 - 800 Commercial System


 
Configuration 6 - 800 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP™,
4 raft tanks, 2 Living Filter Media Beds
Annual Vegetable Production
(assuming crops are grown in a properly controlled
environment with supplemental light and good management)
 

92,160 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 19,000 - 22,000 bunches of greens in the
Living Filter Media Beds

-or-

92,160 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 512 sq. ft of other vegetable production
in the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production 7,754 lbs. whole fish (2,585 lbs. fillets)
Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
2 - 42' wide bays (84')  x  120' long  = 10,080  sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 13 - 17 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $85,995, plus $950 palleting fee
   

6 - 1200 Commercial System


 
Configuration 6 - 1200 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP™,
2 raft tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
Annual Vegetable Production
(assuming crops are grown in a properly controlled
environment with supplemental light and good management)

138,240 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 29,000 - 33,000 bunches of greens in the
Living Filter Media Beds

-or-

138,240 heads of lettuce in the raft tanks
+ 768 sq. ft of other vegetable production
in the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production 11,625 lbs. whole fish (3,875 lbs. fillets)
Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
2 -  42' wide bays (84')  x 156' long  =  13,104 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 20 - 24 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $114,495, plus $1200 palleting fee
   

 

6 - 1500 Commercial System


 

Configuration
More details and pricing coming soon on the 6-1500 system

6 - 1500 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP™          
2 raft tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
   

 

Explanations

• Lettuce Production in raft tanks: The estimate is based on 20 turns per plant site per year, which takes proper environmental control, light and management.  Results may vary.

• Greens Production from Living Filter Media Beds: This estimate is based on growing greens such as kale, swiss chard and herbs and taking cuttings from these plants as the grow. Results may vary.

• Sq. ft. production for Living Filter Media Beds: This is the actual square footage of the media beds.  You can grow a variety of vegetables, such as cucumbers, peas, beans, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, etc. Calculate your production based on the square footage dedicated to your crop choices.

• Fish Production: based on raising Nile tilapia, stocked at 50 gram fish and harvested at 1.5 lbs. Results may vary.

• Greenhouse Space: This is the space the standard system configuration fits within, with room for optional equipment, packing and to walk and work. This will be the size of the greenhouse or building that you put the system in. If you have special space requirements, we can design the system to fit, but a custom design fee will apply.

• Estimated labor/day: This is the number of hours we estimate that it will take to maintain the system, feed the fish and seed, transplant and harvest the crops. Single or few crop choices will be on the lower end of the range.  A greater  number of crop choices will take the higher number of hours listed in the range.

• System price: The base price of our systems includes everything in the system description. It does not include services, sales tax, shipping or optional equipment. Note: On the C800 and C1200 systems, project planning is required. Price depends on project complexity. Contact us for quote.

• Palleting Fee: This charge covers the cost of time and materials for packaging, palletizing and preparing systems for pick up or freight shipment.

• Greenhouses: Nelson and Pade, Inc. offers our high-quality NP-series greenhouses to house our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.

• Optional Equipment:The Clear Flow Aquaponic System® is the centerpiece of your aquaponics venture, but you will need other equipment to make it a business. Check out our selection of Optional Equipment.

What else do you need?

We offer optional equipment and growing supplies. This includes everything from grow cubes, fish food, water testing equipment, grenhouse monitors and alarms, fish nurseries, fish purge systems and more. 
Fish Nurseries  
Fish Purge Systems

Please read our Systems FAQ to learn more.

Need a Greenhouse?

Nelson and Pade, Inc. has collaborated with well-respected greenhouse manufacturers to develop the NP-series greenhouses. The NP-series are specifically designed to house Nelson and Pade Inc.’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® to provide the environmental conditions as well as the bio-security features required for optimum performance, energy efficiency and food safety. Learn more about the NP-series Greenhouses.

We offer complete greenhouse packages for all of our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®

Customer, Jeff Hafner, Iowa, comments: "I am greatly enjoying the assembly and watching the system grow. My Dad says the greenhouse feels like heaven when he walks in. I went with Nelson and Pade because I knew my learning curve was steep and wanted to buy a system and have the support of knowledgeable people, without spending days and hours recreating the wheel."