Commercial Systems

Patented Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP®

  • Profitable
  • Dependable
  • Efficient
  • Sustainable

Complete Packages - Proven Designs
If you are planning a commercial aquaponics venture, our patented Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP® are the only fully-developed, complete system packages available for large scale aquaponic food 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 patented Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP® reduce waste and increase 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."

Read more comments from people using our patented Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP® 

System Description

Commercial Systems include:

Complete patented Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP®

Proven, science-based design includes:

  • Fish tanks and tank stands
  • Patented ZDEP® filter system
  • Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® filter tanks and tank stands
  • Raft tanks (Easy-build frames, hardware, cushion underlayment, custom-fit raft tank liners, raft template and cone-shaped drill bit)
  • Living Filter media beds, (Easy-build frames, hardware, custom-fit liners, media)
  • Accelerated Plant Nurseries (table frames, channels, plumbing)
  • Automated Germination System (table, trays, plumbing)
  • Water pumps, all plumbing, gate valves and true union ball valves
  • Air blower, aeration system and air diffusers
  • Fish net, thermometer
  • Books: Aquaponic Food Production, Aquaponics Q and A
  • Documentation, Assembly manuals,  Operation Manual
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) manual template

Not included:  A small amount of PVC pipes and fittings to meet your installation needs, and high density polystyrene 4' by 8' by 1.5" sheets for the raft tank frames and floats and media bed frames.

Which system is right for you?

All of our commercial Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® use the same patented design to maximize food production.  The difference between them is size. 

4-200, 4-300, 4-500
The 4-200, 4-300 and 4-500 systems are great for an individual or family run aquaponic farm. They will also integrate well into an existing farming operation or business, helping to diversify income and provide year ‘round food production.  The smaller size of these systems allows a much higher percentage of total production to be sold retail.  Easy sales outlets for these systems include farmer’s markets, roadside stands, restaurants and grocery stores. 

6-500, 6-800, 6-1200, 8-1200
The 6-500, 6-800, 6-1200 and 8-1200 are intended for serious commercial production of lettuce and leafy greens (typically the most profitable crop in aquaponics) and fish. These larger systems are essentially food factories with a very high output of fresh greens and fish.  Grocery stores or grocery store chains, hospitals, schools and institutions are common sales outlets for customers using our largest commercial systems.

Specifications for all of our systems are shown in the chart below.

Announcement: Please note that as of June 14, 2015, all new system specifications appear below. Due to advancements with our ZDEP®, our newest configurations produce even more vegetables with the same input of fish food.  This makes our patented Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP® even more profitable!  All plant growing areas are larger than previous versions. 


Please request system specification sheets from our Sales Team for more details.

Commercial Systems - Pricing and Specifications

4 - 200


 
Configuration 4 - 200 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP® , 2 Raft Tanks, 2 Living Filter Media Beds,
Accelerated Plant Nurseries, Automated Germination System
Annual Vegetable Production
 

18,425 – 23,050 leafy green plants/year (about 50—65 leafy green plants/day)
from the Raft Tanks.

PLUS 3,000—5,100 leafy green plants/year (about 19—28 leafy green plants/day)
from the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production

1,350 lbs. whole tilapia/year (harvest just over 168 lbs./every 6 weeks)

Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
1 - 30' wide bay (30')  x 100' long =  3,000 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 3 - 5 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $39,775, plus $850 palleting fee
   

4 - 300


 
Configuration 4 - 300 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP®, 2 Raft Tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds,
Accelerated Plant Nurseries, Automated Germination System
Annual Vegetable Production

 

31,000 – 34,500 leafy green plants/year (about 85-95 leafy green plants/day)
from the Raft Tanks.

PLUS 6,000—7,700 leafy green plants/year (about 16—21 leafy green plants/day)
from the Living Filter Media Beds.

Annual Fish Production

1,900 lbs. whole tilapia/year (harvest just over 237 lbs./every 6 weeks)

Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
2 - 30' wide bays (60') x 88' long = 5,280 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 5 - 7 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $49,995, plus $850 pallting fee
   

4 - 500


 
Configuration 4 - 500 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP®, 2 Raft Tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
Accelerated Plant Nurseries, Automated Germination System
Annual Vegetable Production
 

41,400 – 46,100 leafy green plants/year (about 112—126 leafy green plants/day)
from the Raft Tanks.

PLUS 8,600 - 11,500 leafy green plants/year (about 24– 31 leafy green plants/day)
from the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production

3,400 lbs. whole tilapia/year (harvest just over 425 lbs./every 6 weeks)

Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
2 - 30' wide bays (60') x 100' long = 6,000 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 7-11 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $63,395, plus $950 palletig fee
   

 

6 - 500


 
Configuration 6 - 500 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP®, 4 Raft Tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
Accelerated Plant Nurseries, Automated Germination System
Annual Vegetable Production
 

82,900  – 92,200 leafy green plants/year (about 225 - 250 leafy green plants/day)
from the Raft Tanks

PLUS 7,000 - 9,200 leafy green plants/year (about 19 - 25 leafy green plants/day)
from the Living Filter Media Beds.

Annual Fish Production

5,000 lbs. whole tilapia/year (harvest just over 384 lbs./every 4 weeks)

Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
2-30' wide bays (60') x 110' long= 7,920 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 10-14 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $78,795, plus $950 palleting fee
   

6 - 800


 
Configuration 6 - 800 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP®, 4 raft tanks, 4 Living Filter Media Beds
Accelerated Plant Nurseries, Automated Germination System
Annual Vegetable Production

 

124,400 – 138,200 leafy green plants/year (about 340 to 378 leafy green plants/day)
from the Raft Tanks.
PLUS 12,100 - 15,500 leafy green plants/year (about 33– 42 leafy green plants/day)
from the Living Filter Media Beds.

Annual Fish Production

7,800 lbs. whole tilapia/year (harvest just over 600 lbs./every 4 weeks)

Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
3 - 30' wide bays (90')  x  150' long  = 13,500  sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 14-21 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $ 109,850 plus $950 palleting fee
   

6 - 1200


 
Configuration 6 - 1200 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP®, 6 raft tanks, 6 Living Filter Media Beds
Accelerated Plant Nurseries, Automated Germination System
Annual Vegetable Production
 

186,600 – 207,300 leafy green plants/year (about 510-565 leafy green plants/day)
from the Raft Tanks.

PLUS 18,100 - 23,300 leafy green plants/year (about 50-64 leafy green plants/day)
from the Living Filter Media Beds

Annual Fish Production

12,150 lbs. whole tilapia/year (harvest just over 935 lbs./every 4 weeks)

Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
3 -  42' wide bays (126')  x 156' long  =  19,656 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 22 - 32 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $ 140,595, plus $1250 palleting fee
   

 

8 - 1200

 

Configuration
 

8 - 1200 gal fish tanks, filtration and ZDEP®, 8 raft tanks, 8 Living Filter Media Beds
Accelerated Plant Nurseries, Automated Germination System                                   

Annual Vegetable Production

248,800 – 276,400 leafy green plants/year (about 680 - 760 leafy green plants/day)
from the Raft Tanks.

PLUS 41,500 - 55,200 leafy green plants/year (about 57 -  75 leafy green plants/day)
from the Living Filter Media Beds.

Annual Fish Production

15,750 lbs. whole tilapia/year (harvest just over 950 lbs./every 3 weeks)

Size greenhouse we recommend
(not included in the system price)
4 - 42' wide bays (168') x 180' = 30,240 sq. ft.
Estimated number of hours of labor/ day 29 - 42 hours/day in greenhouse
System Price $ 179,595, plus $1,250 palleting fee

 

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.

•  All plant production numbers assume proper environmental control and grow lights to supplement sunlight, totaling 16 hrs./day. Results may vary.

• 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. 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."