Home Aquaponic Systems

Our Home Aquaponic Systems are a great way to provide fresh, premium quality fish and vegetables for you and your family. Plus, you’ll love aquaponic gardening.  It is fun, relaxing and you can do it year ’round! Imagine, growing your own lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and more, without the mess of traditional gardening.  And, it is all natural, sustainable and rewarding, which contributes to your overall good health and wellness.

Our unique system designs are highly productive, easy to operate and allow continuous harvests. The proven, science-based design ensures that you will grow as much food as possible with a positive return on your investment.

Feed Your Family Safe, Quality Food, Year ’round

Our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® provide lots of fish and veggies for home food production. Starting with the Small Fry, F5 (Fantastically Fun Fresh Food Factory) Home Garden and Family Plus, we cover all the bases as far as sizes, production levels and options. With our innovative filtration systems, the annual output of fish and vegetables from these systems is very high for the space, investment and effort.

Growing your fresh fish and vegetables in our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® will reduce your dependency on buying food from the grocery store and will provide you with high quality fish and vegetables that are free of chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics.

Clean and Tidy – no mess gardening

Our systems are clean and tidy, so you won’t have any messy soil or media and, thanks to our biological filter tanks, the water will smell fresh, not fishy.

Grow diverse crops

We use tilapia and lettuce as the examples in our production numbers but you are by no means limited to these crops. We have grown all kinds of vegetables in our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® including cucumbers, beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, corn, radishes, beets, kohlrabi, cabbage, lettuce and greens, herbs, broccoli and more!

 

What is Aquaponics?


Four Great Systems for Home Food Production:

Small Fry

The Small Fry is a great little system to demonstrate the science of aquaponics.  The Small Fry is intended to sit on a tabletop, with easy viewing of all tanks, bio-filtration components and the raft tanks.  Whether you are a school that wants to showcase aquaponics on a table top, or a home owner who wants to grow fish, vegetables and herbs, the Small Fry will get you started in aquaponics.

  • Vegetable Production:
    • 312-416 heads of lettuce/year (or other vegetables)
  • Fish Production:
    • 32 lbs of fish/year
  • System Dimensions:
    • 7′ x 14 = 98 sq. ft.
  • Suggested total area indoors or greenhouse: 
    • 12′ x 20′ = 240 sq. ft.
  • Small-Fry aquaponic systemEstimated Labor/day
    • 1/2 – 1 hour per day
  • Electrical Requirements:
    • 2.4 amps 120V, 24/7
    • Grow Lights, optional, max: HID 1000 watts -or- LED 750 watts
  • System Configuration:
    • 2 – 16 gal fish tanks, all filter tanks and pumps, 2 – 3′ x’4′ raft tanks
    • also available in a 1-raft tank version
  • Small Fry Cost: 
    • Essentials: $2,995; Premium: $4,495
  • Optional Greenhouse Kit (12′ x 20′) Cost:
    • Basic $8,494; Advanced: $10,820

Request a Small Fry Order Form


F5 aquaponc systemF5 (Fantastically Fun Fresh Food Factory)

The F-5 is a fantastic system for the beginner or anyone who wants to set up a small but highly productive aquaponic system. An F-5 can annually produce 110 lbs of fish and 900-1,440 heads of lettuce, other leafy crops or a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and more. The F5 is a great system for a beginner and makes an ideal classroom aquaponic system.

  • Vegetable Production:
    • 900 – 1,440 heads of lettuce/year (or other vegetables)
  • Fish Production:
    • 110 lbs of fish/year
  • System Dimensions:
    • 6′ x 16′ = 128 sq. ft.
  • Suggested total area indoors or greenhouse: 
    • 12′ x 20′ = 240 sq. ft.
  • Estimated Labor/day
    • 1/2 – 1 hour/day
  • F5-aquaponics system drawingElectrical Requirements:
    • 2.4 amps 120V, 24/7
    • Grow Lights, optional, max: HID 1000 watts -or- LED 750 watts
  • System Configuration:
    • 1-100 gal fish tank, all filter tanks and pumps, 2-4′ x 6′ raft tanks
    • also available in a 1-raft tank version
  • F5 Cost: 
    • Essentials: $2,995; Premium: $4,495
  • Optional Greenhouse Kit (12′ x 20′ ) Cost:
    • Basic: $8,494; Advanced: $10,820

Request an F5 Order Form


Home-Garden aquaponic systemHome Garden

The Home Garden will seriously supplement your family’s food supply, with over 200 lbs of fish and 1,350—2,160 heads of lettuce or lots of other fresh veggies every year. This is a great choice for a family who wants to get started in aquaponics. The Home Garden is a classic aquaponic raft system that in which you can grow a variety of crops – tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, and more!

  • Vegetable Production:
    • 1,350 – 2,160 heads of lettuce/year (or other vegetables)
  • Fish Production:
    • 215 lbs of fish/year
  • System Dimensions:
    • 9′ x 23′ = 207 sq. ft.
  • Suggested total area indoors or greenhouse: 
    • 12′ x 32′ = 288 sq. ft.
  • Home-Garden aquaponic system drawingEstimated Labor/day:
    • 1-2 hours
  • Electrical Requirements:
    • 2.4 amps 120V, 24/7
    • Grow Lights, optional, max: HID 2,000 watts -or- LED 1,500 watts
  • System Configuration:
    • 2 – 100 gal fish tanks, all filter tanks and pumps, 3 – 4′ x 6′ raft tanks
  • Home Garden Cost: 
    • Essentials: $5,195; Premium: $7,995
  • Optional Greenhouse Kit (12 ‘ x 32’) Cost:
    • Basic: $9,279; Advanced: $11,604

Request a Home Garden Order Form


Family Plus aquaponic systeFamily Plus

Feed Your Family fresh, nutritious fish and veggies, year ’round! The Family Plus is great for home food production and big enough that you’ll likely have extra to share with friends or family. The Family Plus is twice as big as the Home Garden! It can annually produce 460 lbs. of fish and 2,700 – 4,860 heads of lettuce (or other vegetables).

  • Vegetable Production:
    • 2,700 – 4,860 heads of lettuce/year (or other vegetables)
  • Fish Production:
    • 460 lbs of fish
  • System Dimensions:
    • 11′ x 35′ = 385 sq. ft
  • Suggested total area indoors or greenhouse:
    • 18′ x 40′ = 512 sq. ft.
  • Family-Plus-aquaponic system drawingEstimated Labor/day
    • 2 – 3 hours
  • Electrical Requirements:
    • 2.8 amps 120V, 24/7
    • Grow Lights, optional, max: HID 3,000 watts -or- LED 2,300 watts
  • System Configuration:
    • 4 – 100 gal fish tanks, all filter tanks and pumps, 6 – 4′ x 6′ raft tanks
  • Family Plus Cost: 
    • Essentials: $7,995; Premium: $11,995
  • Optional Greenhouse Kit (18′ x 40′) Cost:
    • Basic: $11,543; Advanced: $14,937

Request a Family Plus Order Form


Essentials vs Premium
We offer our Home Systems in two versions: Essentials and Premium.

Essentials
The Essentials version costs less with fewer parts included.  Yet, we include all of the essential components you’ll need. Commonly available parts are not included and can be purchased locally.   The Essentials version saves you money, but increases the time it will take to assemble it.  They are great for DIY’ers who want to save money, source a few parts locally and don’t mind spending a little longer building the system.

Premium
The Premium version includes everything you need, including pre-cut pipes, fittings, labeled parts for easy assembly and hand-crafted cedar stands for the fish tanks. We have designed the Premium Systems to be complete easy-to-assemble packages, eliminating guesswork and trips to the hardware store.

Essentials vs Premium Comparison

Whether purchasing the Essentials or Premium versions, the Customer will be required to route their own drain plumbing, and the plumbing from the provided Air Blower to the Tanks that require Air.  These runs of plumbing are not included or drawn out because each System location is unique as to where the Drain Lines can be run, and where the Blowers will be located.


Greenhouses for Aquaponics and Indoor Farming

Nelson and Pade, Inc. offers budget-friendly, freestanding  greenhouse packages for the each of our Home Systems.  These greenhouses can be used in cold, moderate and warm climates and will protect your crops from extreme weather conditions.

Learn more about our Greenhouse Kits


Success in Aquaponics

Nelson and Pade, Inc offer the Aquaponics Success Package for any customer purchasing Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.  This a great opportunity to to get started and be successful in aquaponics.

Optional Equipment

We offer all of the supplies you need to keep you system running…fish food, grow cubes, pest controls, etc
Aquaponics Store

Learn more

Attend our Aquaponics Master Class.


Questions? 

Home Systems

What comes with the Home Systems?

We offer our Home Systems in two versions: Essentials and Premium. View Comparison

What else do I need?

Whether purchasing the Essentials or Premium versions, the Customer will be required to route their own drain plumbing, and the plumbing from the provided Air Blower to the Tanks that require Air.  These runs of plumbing are not included or drawn out because each System location is unique as to where the Drain Lines can be run, and where the Blowers will be located.

You will need a source of potable fresh water (without chlorine and without contact with any copper pipe), electricity, a place to put the system (greenhouse-best choice, building-2nd best choice, outdoors-least favorite choice). Visit the aquaponics.com store to see other items that you might want to purchase, such as grow lights, fish tank windows or supplies.

Can I assemble it?

Yes, we supply detailed instructions in the assembly manual.

What can I grow?

Our Home Systems are designed for and intended to grow a combination of garden crops, such as lettuce, greens, herbs, beans, peas, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, broccoli and more. You should grow what you like to eat. The fish can be tilapia, blue gill, koi, goldfish or another fresh water fish that does well at 74℉.

General Questions

How many have you sold?

As of Jan, 2018, there are nearly 500 Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® around the world, with sizes ranging from home food production to large commercial ventures. In the next year, that number will likely double or even triple. We have shipped systems to almost every US State and 27 countries.

Why buy a Clear Flow Aquaponic System®?

Place your order, receive the shipment, assemble the system, add fish, add plants. Buying our system eliminates the need to invent and design a system, find and order the fish tanks, filter tanks, raft tanks, plumbing parts, water pump and aeration system. It all comes as one science-based, proven system with easy to understand assembly and operation manuals, developed by Nelson and Pade, Inc.® who have a longer history and more experience in designing, building, operating and refining aquaponic systems than any other company.

Do you offer training?

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® believes that success in aquaponics comes with a science-based system, proper training and tech support and we offer all three. For people in the knowledge-gaining process, we offer a variety of learning opportunities. We also offer our Nelson and Pade Grower Program.

If I attend a Master Class, do I get a discount on a system?

YES, follow this link to our incentive page.

Do I need a controlled environment greenhouse?

No matter how good your aquaponic system is, it will not function to maximum capacity if the environmental conditions are outside the comfort zone for the fish and plants. A controlled environment greenhouse can provide natural sunlight, proper temperature, humidity and ventilation. Modern greenhouses are designed for every climate, from the tropics to northern climates with extreme winters.

Can I grow in a warehouse, basement or garage?

Yes, but you’ll need to provide a full light spectrum with grow lights, the proper temperature, humidity and ventilation. Remember, plants evolved outdoors, under natural sunlight. When you bring them indoors, you’ll need to provide the light and environmental conditions they need to grow. One beneficial use for an existing building is to use it to house the office, packaging area, fish and filter tanks and then build a greenhouse on the south end for the plant production. Buildings also typically have a lot of infrastructure (electricity, natural gas or propane, water, driveway, bathrooms, etc) that can be an asset as you start and operate your aquaponic business.

Do you offer installation of your systems?

By following our assembly manual and using our Assembly Guidance Service, you can successfully build the system yourself. Or, if you are not handy, it is most cost effective to hire someone locally to help. Assembly Guidance is a support service that we offer and it is listed on all order forms, as a separate service or as part of our Success Package.

How does the tech support work?

Most new growers enroll in our Grower Program so that they have easy access to our support staff throughout the year.  Learn about the Nelson and Pade Grower Program.

How can I learn more about aquaponics?

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is known around the world as the leader in aquaponics education. We offer the 3-day Aquaponics Master Class®, our Extended Stay Learning Program and the Nelson and Pade Grower Program. Plus, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, we have developed and offer the first-of-its-kind 3-credit, full semester aquaponics course. Join us for any of the learning opportunities.

Why do your systems cost so much?

We have designed these highly productive systems, sourced the parts, written the manuals, built and packaged the systems for you. We use very high quality components, water pumps and air blowers and we use food grade tanks, liners and plumbing to keep your crops and you safe. If you sourced out equivalent quality parts, you would spend just as much or more, but not have our designs, our 20+ years’ experience available to you, our assembly, operation, SOP and GAP manuals, or our tech support. When you look at the quality and longevity of the materials, the design, manuals and support we offer and the production and ROI Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® provide, you will see they are a great value. Plus, they are 90% made in the USA.