Home Systems

Home Aquaponic

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 aquaponic 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 ’roundQuality Food

Our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® provide lots of fish and veggies for home food production. Starting with the 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 home aquaponic 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

Gardening Our home aquaponic 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 bags 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!


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What is Aquaponics?

Three Great Systems for Home Food Production:

F5 (Fantastically Fun Fresh Food Factory)
Home Garden
Family Plus
F5 (Fantastically Fun Fresh Food Factory)

F5 (Fantastically Fun Fresh Food Factory)

F5 aquaponc system

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′ = 96 sq. ft.
  • Suggested total area indoors or greenhouse: 
    • 12′ x 20′ = 240 sq. ft.
  • Estimated Labor/day
    • 1/2 – 1 hour/day
  • Electrical 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: 
    $6,495 (price does not include options, palleting fee or shipping)

Request an F5 Order Form Ask about special offers!

Home Garden

Home Garden

Home-Garden aquaponic system

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:
    • 10'6"′ x 28′ = 294 sq. ft.
  • Suggested total area indoors or greenhouse: 
    • 12′ x 36′ = 432 sq. ft.
  • Estimated 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: 
    • $10,395 (price does not include options, palleting fee or shipping)

Request a Home Garden Order Form  Ask About Special Offers!

Family Plus

Family Plus

Family Plus aquaponic syste

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 40′ = 440 sq. ft
  • Suggested total area indoors or greenhouse:
    • 18′ x 48′ = 864 sq. ft.
  • Estimated 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: 
    • $15,595 (price does not include options, palleting fee or shipping)

Request a Family Plus Order Form Ask About Special Offers!

Systems Include:
Fish tank(s) with pre-drilled holes 1.5” Rockwool cubes, 1 pad (98 cubes)
Filter tanks with pre-drilled holes Fish net, thermometer
Raft tanks Plant rafts – Safe for food contact
Water pump Net covers for fish tank(s)
Plumbing parts: PVC-straight pipe, elbows, tees, unions, Uni-Seals, valves

Air blower/pump and aeration components

Stands for fish, tanks, filter tanks and raft tanks. 

Stands include pre-cut wood, hardware and assembly instructions.

Stands are un-assembled.

Documentation and Educational Materials

  • Detailed assembly manual
  • Detailed operation manual
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Books: Aquaponic Food Production


Not Included with system:

  • System Assembly
  • Palletizing fee, freight and any other fees or costs related to the shipment of your system
  • Optional equipment, supplies, services or training listed on the order form or website. These are all available at an additional cost.
  • Plumbing connection from your incoming water source to the system automatic fill valve.
  • Plumbing from the system drain to your drain.

Note: All system plumbing is for our standard system configuration. Any modification to the standard configuration will require additional plumbing parts that are not included.


Greenhouses for Aquaponics and Indoor Farming

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Success in Aquaponics

Nelson and Pade Grower Support Program

The Nelson and Pade Grower Support Program helps aquaponic growers get off to a great start, with proven technical support and continuous access to the leaders of the industry, valuable information and direct access to over 30 years of experience and success. The Nelson and Pade Grower Support Program is available, for an additional fee, to aquaponic growers using Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.
Nelson and Pade Grower Support Program

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®.


Home Aquaponics Systems

Yes, we supply detailed instructions in the assembly manual.
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

As of Jan, 2020, there are over 600 Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® around the world, with sizes ranging from home food production to large commercial ventures. We have shipped systems to almost every US State and 30 countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 included in the Nelson and Pade Grower Support Program, which is available to purchase with any system.
Most new growers enroll in our Grower Support Program so that they have easy access to our support staff throughout the year. Learn about the Nelson and Pade Grower Program.
Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is known around the world as the leader in aquaponics education. Check out our leaning opportunities!
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.