Standalone Shellfish Holding Systems

Aquabiotech designs and manufactures high-quality, fully recirculating life support systems designed for research with small-bodied marine life in a totally controlled environment.

State of the art! Reliable! Flexible!
This polyvalent system can economically hold up to 250 kg of shellfish. Chilling and pumping costs are minimised through highly recycled water, closed reliable and flexible system to 100% by volume per day, and a clever 2-circuit design. It is a combination of the simplest to the most advanced shellfish holding configurations.

CCAC Guideline

Guideline 20

Aquatic environments should be designed to meet the established physical and behavioural requirements of the fishes in terms of shelter, social grouping, overhead cover, and lighting.

Section 5.1 Fish well-being, p. 28

Guideline 23

Tanks should be self-cleaning, or adequate means for the regular cleaning of tanks should be incorporated into the design.

Section 5.2 Tank/enclosure design, p. 29

Advantages and Benefits

Ready to go! Rapidly stow shellfish right upon arrival in the laboratory

  • Live lobster in North America is commonly shipped in FlapNest plastic crates stacked via refrigerated Lories; Aquabiotech’s lobster system allows reproducing this process on a small scale.
  • At the reception site, these crates (40 kg capacity/90 lb) are floated in concrete pools for purging, keeping handling to a minimum.
  • Up to two FlapNest plastic crates can be floated in each system.
  • Our recent tub model offers ample space to easily handle the crates in and out of the tub. Here is an excellent opportunity to assess these popular crates.

Save on installation with low cost and easy set-up!

  • Aquabiotech’s systems will save you money by minimising installation and minimising biofilter activation
    This is a completely self-contained unit to be set on a concrete floor;
  • The REBF module is simple and easy to install by a layperson;
  • A step-by-step installation manual guides the operator for setting up the unit in a few hours; however, on-site training & commissioning is available as an option.
  • To commission the shellfish aquaLab habitat, all that is left is to have professionals make the water and electrical connections and begin the biofilter re-activation process.


Ease of mind, precision, and accuracy!

  • Fully-integrated equipment with a high-performance control and monitoring system;
  • All of our lobster holding units are integrated with the necessary controls and monitoring hardware and software;
  • This conveys intelligence to the system in ways that add considerable peace of mind and truly enhance the environmental management capability of the unit;
  • Housed in a 100% polycarbonate non-corrosive NEMA 4-X humidity and splash-resistant enclosure.


Innovative compact solution

  • With up to 25 kg of non-fed shellfish per tote, the 250 kg holding capacity is reached with two stacks of five totes. This compact way of storing lobster for a short term period is gaining recognition in the industry;

Have full control! Simulate state-of-the-art short term holding configurations

  • If the goal is to keep the animals alive for a few days to a few weeks while taking advantage of the vertical space, you can stack the fish totes;
  • They were selected for their convenient moulded-in overflows that keep the animals submerged as swiftly flowing water flows from one tote to the next below through calibrated holes on the bottom;



Full flexibility! From short to long term contention within the same system

  • Long-term contention, up to six months on high quality lobster, can be done with this unit;
  • The original IPL trays with movable dividers, combined with the maintenance of optimal environmental conditions for long term holding;
  • Long-term holding requires water chilled to 2-5°C to allow conducting these tests on shellfish;

User-friendly performing trays—they will live longer!

  • Your lobsters will live longer with our high-quality holding system;


  • Trays can be nested in a pile over the fibreglass grid, or they can be stacked up in cabinet-like assembly;
  • They can then be pulled open like drawers, allowing for easy access to each lobster. Depending on lobster size and desired density, a tray can hold between 6 and 36 individuals.
  • Trays in the system have calibrated holes strategically drilled across the floor that create a micro-current around and under each animal;
  • With 15 to 30 water exchanges rate per hour in every tray, each animal is sure to bathe in a constant flow of high quality and well-oxygenated water;

Protect your investment and have easy access to each animal

  • The animals in each tray are isolated in individual compartments, a creative arrangement that protects them from attacking one another
  • Movable plastic inserts, called dividers, are custom-located to accommodate a wide variety of lobster sizes and storage densities;
  • Each tray has two moulded-in overflows that keep the animals in just enough water to be submerged.
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Aquabiotech’s equipment comes with highly professional service. Customer oriented, our sales team is dedicated to walking you through each step into designing the right system for your needs.

 Take advantage of our free quote preparation service to facilitate access to government research funding

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