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Second Hand Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) For Sale (July/August 2017)

Weaning tanks with auto feeders

Weaning tanks with auto feeders


A complete fish hatchery and grow out recirculating aquaculture system is currently for sale. If you are thinking of entering the Recirculating Aquaculture Industry and can’t afford the $500K price tag for a brand new system, then purchasing a second hand system at 30% of the new price may be the perfect option for you.

Some of the grow out tanks

Some of the grow out tanks

Second hand systems coming on the market are rare so you need to act quickly when they do come up. Now due to retirement of the owners a complete RAS system is currently offered for sale.

Part of the filtration system

Part of the filtration system

The system belongs to Glencoe Fish Hatchery (GFH) which supplied weaned pellet feeding Murray Cod fingerlings to other RAS grow-out systems of the commercial aquaculture industry, plus grown out Barramundi for the restaurant and market trade in Melbourne. All fingerlings produced in the RAS by GFH came with a veterinary certificate to guarantee their health. Glencoe Fish Hatchery are proud to be one of the first hatcheries to have inside brood stock of Murray Cod which guarantees when they breed, their offspring will be of a high quality and health standard as the internal brood stock are not live caught but born and bred in tanks which means their natural instincts have changed and they live wholly on a pellet feed diet.

First larval rearing tanks

First larval rearing tanks

Glencoe Fish Hatchery was aimed at the commercial market with the system’s capacity around 100,000 fish per batch and several batches per year. Glencoe Fish Hatchery strived to have the best fish on the market in both health and appearance.

Grading Murray Cod

Grading Murray Cod


The complete system as a single unit is for sale.

The system is currently intact and complete available for viewing. The owners will dismantle and make it ready for transport by the purchaser. Each section would be labelled ready for reassembly by the purchaser.

For Further Information
Andre Henry
Phone: 0427 640 844

All equipment is viewable by appointment only, at:
Glencoe Fish Hatchery
2333 Loddon River Road,
Appin South
Victoria 3579
Murray Cod brood stock

Murray Cod brood stock

For further information “CLICK HERE”

Disused Aquaculture Ponds Wanted to Lease

Got an aquaculture facility that’s not operational or not making the amount of money you desire. Why not lease your farm or your ponds? We have clients in desperate need of ponds now.

Aquaculture is the fastest growing primary industry in Australia. Demand for aquacultured produce is skyrocketing and new production methods are increasingly improving profit margins making modern land based aquaculture an increasingly lucrative enterprise.

Unfortunately, difficulties in obtaining approvals for new ponds and the ensuing time delays in receiving approvals and then building ponds makes the interest level in existing ponds extremely high.

Existing yabby and fish ponds are wanted now so that large scale commercial farmers can expand their production by using your ponds. They come to you, use their staff, their equipment and technology, to get your ponds into commercial production. They don’t need you to do anything at all, you do not need to expend one cent towards the enterprise. They just rent your ponds or property nothing more.

If you have ponds not producing much or haven’t been in production for years then contact us for further details. Perhaps we have a lucrative solution to create a substantial, reliable income without any effort or expense from your end.


Rob McCormack

RBM Aquaculture

Second Hand Yabby Hatchery, Purging, Holding and Display System For Sale


The disposal of a complete yabby aquaculture set up has become available. This is a Yabby Hatchery/Holding/Purging and display facility. It represents a unique opportunity to purchase a complete recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) at an affordable price.

Two complete rooms are available:


The first room consists of 12 rectangular fiberglass tanks hooked up to a RAS system. Water is supplied to each of the as new fiberglass purging/holding tanks (2.37 m long x 0.64 m wide x 0.3 m deep) by 40 mm PVC water supply pipes. Water enters each tank through 6 x inlet hoses c/w control valves. Each tank has additional aeration supplied by the diaphragm air pump and airstone in the tank. Water flows into the tank, through and then out via a stand pipe that sets the waters depth in the tank. Water is filtered by the Pantera sand filter and U filter. Recirculated around the system by the Onga Pool Pump. This complete system is available for only $5,500 ono.

For further details and photos “Click Here”

Fiberglass Yabby Holding Tanks

Fiberglass Yabby Holding Tanks


The second room is an aquarium and packaging room. 82 glass display aquaria are included c/w stands, bases, filters and lids. Many unused in immaculate condition. The Aquaria are drained by hose and electric pump. The pump is activated by an electric switch. Just press and the hose sucks and when empty press again and the pump shuts off. You can drain and clean each tank in seconds. There are also a large assortment of stainless steel, sinks, benches and tanks. The complete room and everything in it is available at only $5,500 ono.

For further details and photos “Click Here”

Aquaria For Sale

Aquaria For Sale


Additionally there are 6 full bales and one half bale of bird netting available, and 440 pairs or 880 individual plastic yabby containers available.

For further details and photos “Click Here

Yabby cages

Yabby cages

This complete system represents many years of work which has been abandoned due to ill health. It is all still assembled and functional. Potential purchases would need to inspect to value and make an offer. We are located at Seymour Victoria, adjacent to the Hume highway:


Linda McKenzie


Ph: 0414 418766


Yabby Farming Field Day – Karuah NSW – “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabby Farm – 8th August 2015

A Yabby Dabba Doo/CSIRO Super Yabby

A Yabby Dabba Doo/CSIRO Super Yabby

NSW Aquaculture Association in partnership with “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabby Farm and Aquatic Engineering Australia is holding a yabby farming field day on Saturday the 8th August, 2015. Everyone is invited to share in this education and information day.

The days theme, is the commercial aquaculture of yabbies (Cherax destructor) in purpose built earthen yabby ponds. Join us around the ponds to see how they are constructed to suit the yabbies requirements for maximum production. These are not farm dams but commercial yabby ponds. See how to construct commercial earthen ponds, control their overflows and make the ponds gravity drainable at minimal cost.

Cooked, "Yabby Dabba Doo" Yabbies

Cooked, “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabbies

Once yabbies are captured they need to be held ready for sale. You need somewhere to store yabbies for a week or two ready for sale and be able to purge the yabbies on demand. See a simple commercial purging recirculating aquaculture system in operation; see how it’s constructed and how you can build yours at home. Discuss the pros and cons of this basic construction with Paul Van der Werf, one of Australia’s leading experts on recirculating aquaculture systems.

Commercial Yabby Ponds

Commercial Yabby Ponds

When you start growing commercial quantities of yabbies at densities far greater than that which occurs naturally in nature then perimeter fencing of your ponds becomes an important priority. Commercial yabby ponds need external perimeter fencing to ensure yabbies don’t wander from the ponds and to keep predators like turtles and eels from getting into the ponds. Join us to see the fencing and discuss the options and requirements.

One of the major predators of yabbies are birds. The main culprits are cormorants or shags which can devastate commercial yabby ponds. The easiest remedy is to net your ponds. Join us on the day around the ponds to see the bird netting erected over the ponds. See how it’s erected, and discuss alternatives with the experts.

First thing in the morning we will be setting traps in the ponds. We will be using a variety of traps from those used by recreational fishers to the special traps only used by commercial farmers. The traps will range in size from the small box traps for catching small bait yabbies to the large super traps for catching bulk loads of 20-50 kgs/trap. Later in the day we will harvest the yabbies from the traps. See how it’s done and what you can catch in the different traps.

A commercial pond with bird netting over and hides within the pond

A commercial pond with bird netting over and hides within the pond

For commercially viable yabby production you need to add shelter to the ponds. Yabbies only use the floor of the pond which limits the number of yabbies which can physically survive in the pond. If you add shelter to the pond you can double, triple or quadruple the production from that pond. Join us to see the types of shelters used and how they are set for easy removal from the ponds and additionally used for juvenile harvesting etc.

Small Bait Yabbies

Small Bait Yabbies

A clean reliable water supply is an essential requirement for any commercial aquaculture facility. Aquatic Engineering Australia will be demonstrating their “Ultra Filtration Mobile Unit”. Join us to see the unit in operation with demonstration of its sediment removal capability. See how this demonstration unit can turn turbid dam water into clear, clean water.

Our Aquaculture Policy Officer from Fisheries NSW will be there to discuss the government requirements in getting started. Find out all you need to know and it’s a great opportunity make contact with the man you will need to lodge your application with.

Once you have grown and harvested your crop of yabbies, you will need to sell it. See the different size yabbies the different markets require. Discuss the markets for each size and grade of yabby, and the current market prices for your produce. Learn where you can sell yabbies and what you can expect in return for your produce.

This is a great opportunity to meet with some of Australia’s leading industry experts. All are there to answer all your questions. (Industry consultants can charge $100-200/hr for consultancy; you have them there at no extra charge so make good use of them).

There will be drinks and a sausage sizzle or similar after the event so another opportunity to stay back and network.

Key speakers include:

Jamie Williams, Owner of “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabby Farm and “Marron-U-Wanna” Marron & Koi Farm in WA.

Rob McCormack, Research & Aquaculture Director, Australian Aquatic Biological P/L and Secretary NSWAA.

Paul Van der Werf, Director, Earthan Group and President NSWAA.

Graeme Bowley, Aquaculture Policy Officer, Fisheries NSW.

Chris Young, Aquatic Engineering Australia (AEA)

Tickets are available now, only limited attendees so order now before sold out.

Members $35

Members Partners $15

Non Members $50

Non Members Partners $25

Plus a $1 fee/ticket

Pre registration is essential.

Bring your gum boots and umbrella if its wet.

To Purchase Event Tickets “Click Here”

To download and Event Program “Click Here”

As secretary of the NSWAA  l’ll be running a Yabby Farming information and education day at “Yabby Dabba Doo“, hope to see you all there.



Aquaculture/Aquaponic Equipment For Sale

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One of Australia’s premium aquaculture farms is selling excess equipment as part of a farm upgrade. Spare tanks, pumps and filters, etc., are all for sale at the right price. Save thousands on this equipment clearance sale. See attached PDF for details (Click Here).

If you are starting a hatchery or in need of a tank for your home aquaponic system then this is your chance to pick up aquaculture tanks or equipment at the right price.

The NSWAA is having a field day at Griffith NSW on the 13th and 14th of March and a good opportunity to pick up some equipment whilst attending the field day. For information on the fish/yabby/aquaponics field day go to  If you are interested in aquaponics or aquaculture then don’t miss this field day, the first day is lectures and the second is farm visits. Some of Australia’s foremost experts on aquaponics, yabby farming and fish farming are there so pick their brains to get all the advice you need for your venture.

For further information and details on the equipment for sale:

Ian Charles
Silverwater Native Fish
Grong Grong, NSW
+61 2 69562305
0427 695662