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R&D AquaFarms Inc.
Oshkosh, WI 54904


Three Barrel Aquaculture System

The three barrel aquaculture system is a complete aquaculture/aquaponics system that fits in a 5 foot square area.

The three barrels are configured like an ecosystem featuring biological filtration and an area for plant growth. The system consists of three plastic 55 gallon barrels, each barrel with a specific purpose. The first barrel holds the fish and uses an air lift pump system that recirculates the water. The second is a biological and mechanical filter which removes solids and chemical wastes from the water. The third is an area for plants which can be used for a raft type hydroponic system or as a sump for other hydroponic systems.

The system is self contained and needs no direct plumbing connections. The only electrical needs are for a small air pump used to aerate and recirculate the water. A heater can also be used for warm water fish like tilapia. Both run from a standard 120 volt outlet.

The full sized system will support 15 tilapia to a harvest size of 1-1/4 pounds.

We offer the systems in a number of configurations from a turnkey system delivered to your site, or a kit to fit your needs.


Complete 55 gallon three barrel system
This system includes everything you need.
Because of size this would be shipped via freight on a pallet. No need for a loading dock though as barrels can easily be removed and carried off the pallet and truck. It can be picked up in Oshkosh, WI or arrangements made for delivery and setup. (Delivery and setup charges are based on mileage from Oshkosh.)


We have broken the 55 gallon system into three essential kits. All of the kits in addition to three 55 gallon barrels are required to build a complete system. Kits can be mixed and matched to accommodate both educational skill levels, and local parts availability. You will need one of each kit or supply the parts yourself.

Additionally we offer heaters and hydroponic rafts for the system.
Details and Pricing for Kits