Just remember, you only have to buy Tilapia once. Take out a male and a couple females, put them in another tank and you'll have more Tilapia than you need. Makes that 85.00 disappear fairly soon
Hi Skyler. Not sure where you are getting that $85 figure from, but ours cost $49 to ship so that might be an option as well - http://www.theaquaponicstore.com/Pure-Blue-Tilapia-s/121.htm.
That is the set shipping cost for 15 up to 100 fish, Skyler. That number of fish can all fit in the same size box, and the cost to us is the shipping, the box, and all the other materials and labor that go into preparing and sending live animals. We make zero money on shipping for all of our products, this included! Just our policy.
We also guarantee the genetic strain, Skyler, but I understand your desire to find a local supplier. Best of luck to you.