So- Im wanting to get some breeding over the winter. I have 2 larger Tilapia (one definitely a female) and these six that were born in the same group 5 months ago. I cant really tell from looking at the undersides of these guys what gender they are.
Can we assume that the gold one is a male since it is the same age but clearly bigger than the others?
Please view my comments and drawings for what seemed apparent to me with my Blues:
Hope that helps.
Is the 'gold' one actually a white Tilapia? My first fish were whites...sometimes they looked goldish, other times pinkish when they were scooping out a nest.
Im assuming they are all Mozambique Tilapia. Its the only variety allowed here in Texas, and I bought the first set of fish from a licensed, professional pond stocking service. The gold one has been gold since birth.
Here's the crazy way I found out my biggest one (not in the photo) was a female.
I had to remove and eat a very aggressive fish from the tank. When I was cleaning it, I found egg sacs. I dumped the eggs into the tank to see what would happen. My big white one scooped them up and held them in her mouth about a week. I think she ate them in the end.
Thanks, and Ill look at the page you linked.
Even when I separated my male & female, she continued to 'nest', lay eggs, and carry them for 3-6 days. I know they're not fertile, and I think she figures that out in due time and 'dispenses' with them. She goes through that cycle about every 3 weeks.
If you are truly wanted breeding fish, I hope that comes to pass. With mine, I only have a breedable pair...as many babies are the result (200-400+), I barely have room to keep them all! "Be careful what you wish for!" LOL!
Thats Great! I have my water set at 72 but I hope mine will breed when it gets warmer.