Farming tilapia profitably

Low intensity RAS via Aquaculture Production Units is the entry into fish farming. High intensity RAS is for larger scale businesses.

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Industry Experts

William, Donovan, Hugo, Ross and the engineering team have many combined decades of experience in aquaculture and in business development. We're a powerful combination.

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Proven Systems

We use the same systems we sell. We know them backwards, inside and out.

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Home of the APU.

The Aquaculture Production Unit is precisely what it says it is. It is an aquaculture production unit, a tool you can use to farm in aquaculture. It is not species specific although our preference is for tilapia for numerous reasons and you can use it in any way you like.

It is a self contained 10kl pond and filtration system comprised of everything you need to operate it with. It is the engine of your fish farm car. It has all the water pumps, air pumps, bio media, fittings and chassis you need. All you add is power, water, and fish.

The technical know how in how to drive this fish farm car comes about with experience. You do not simply climb into a car for the first time and expect to be competent in the art of driving. It takes time, and dedication to learn. The APU is not a get rich quick scheme, neither is it a shortcut to aquaculture nirvana.

But it is has no equal. An APU is the single best way to allow you to establish, factually and accurately, how to farm in an aquaculture environment that is your own. This is not farming by spreadsheet. This is farming in the real world, with real animals, using real food, with real work. This is accumulation of real, practical hands on data that is uniquely applicable to you, your intentions and your fish farm vision.

Even if you don’t have a clear idea of what that vision is, or how it all works, the APU will show you like no other tool can, what is (and sometimes what is not) possible. The APU will answer every single question you will have about farming with fish.

Aquaculture is not simply something you do. It is a skill set, that requires experience and expertise. Aquaculture is something that you have to learn and it takes a long time to learn it as it is no different from any other forms of farming – there are seasons to contend with, species to select, data to be gathered and predictability to production perfected.

In other words, if you want to farm with fish and get involved in aquaculture the data you can gather freely online from numerous sources will, at some stage need to be tested. It is impossible to answer questions like:

“Please send me more information on how to farm with them.”

“How do you heat water?”

“How many fish will I produce in a  year?”

“What is the cashflow model of the business?”

“What is the cost to produce one kg of fish?”

because each and every one of these questions will have answers that vary wildly depending on what you want to farm, where, local conditions, your skill level and about a thousand other things that ALL influence each other. If you have R800/hr to spend we can help you answer these, theoretically.

It’s a sad truth that we tried to answer all these questions on a website. It cannot be done. There are too many variables and making predictions is a bad idea and it goes wrong.

There are many examples of failed aquaculture operations. It is our considered and honest opinion that an APU represents a line in the sand. Master it, and your chances of success are orders of magnitude higher. You succeed in farming by doing, not theorising. Theories are tested in action, not a spreadsheet.

And there you have it. The cold hard uncomfortable truth.

You can start with your own APU in literally under two hours. This is what it looks like.

In addition you get access to

  • Tilapia fingerlings (with your niloticus permit), superior genetic stock
  • Systems supply and installation
  • Training and mentorship through our sister company
  • Where to source feed at best prices

APU’s are

  • Scaleable and modular making expansion and growth simple and cost effective
  • Lowest cost installation and logistics on new farms
  • Portable

Since the 2016 Green City Startup Project, we’ve firmed up relations with UJ, developed our own filter system for the Aquaculture Production Unit that is now a self contained moulded unit, added research, developed production system frameworks and expanded. We have feed coming on stream and the interest continues to pour in. We won the Nedbank 702 Business Accelerator and went to GrowCo in New Orleans in 2018. What a ride it continues to be be!

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Offtake Agreements

Unsure of where to sell your final product? If you absolutely can’t sell your own fish we’ll do so for you.

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Feed Supply

Quality feed supplier details are just a phone call away.

Fingerling Supply

Whilst you are establishing your fish farm the fastest way to get into full production is to buy in fingerlings. Rydawi can supply you with top quality fast growing male only hormone free niloticus to suit your needs whilst you establish your own hatchery.

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Equipment Servicing & Support

Everything that you buy from us comes with a warranty and after sales support. We understand the mission critical nature of the equipment you use which is why we only supply the best, and we back it up with a full complement of spares and replacement parts.

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Tilapia farming in South Africa is becoming commercially viable thanks to government’s eventual relaxation of the use of oreochromis niloticus, the fastest growing of the tilapia species. Intensive recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) are best suited to our climate and offer the best return on investment in aquaculture.

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