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Tilapia Breeding

A place to exchange information on breeding tilapia.  How to set up tilapia breeding colonies.  How to sex fish for breeding colonies. What foods are best for breeding pairs and fingerlings.

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Tilapia Source

Started by Jennifer Pankey. Last reply by Zalinda Farms Inc Oct 10, 2015. 1 Reply

Hello I am wondering if anyone knows of someone who sells large amounts of tilapia fingerlings in southern California. They must be Mossambica due to state regulations. I would appreciate any help.…Continue


Started by Phil Slaton Jun 3, 2015. 0 Replies

The barrels in the back of the 6-IBC grow out tanks are 2-media filters, 1 lava rock filter and on the extreme left, the sump.  Aeration is provided to each individual IBC.  Since my heart surgery…Continue

tilapia for sale

Started by john mark. Last reply by Jeff Fultz Apr 13, 2015. 3 Replies

hi , i live in farmington michigan and am looking to buy some blue tilapia does any one have any 2-3 inch ones for sale.thanksjohn markContinue

tilapia eating eggs

Started by Kevin R.. Last reply by Jeff Fultz Apr 13, 2015. 4 Replies

can someone give advice on a tilapia breeding/hatching tilapia breed about once every couple months but fail to get thru the entire process.they lay the eggs, they are fertilized, they…Continue

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Comment by Phil Slaton on May 30, 2015 at 6:41pm

Sorry that I have been away.  I had 4-way bi-pass surgery.  I have to sell my fish business - IBCs - $50.00 each or make offer.  Pure strain Blue Tilapia fingerlings 1 plus inches at $1.00 each or make offer.  Phone inquiries welcome, ask for Phil Three Six Zero-Six Nine Seven-7880.  I live in Poulsbo, Washington.

Comment by Sean on March 2, 2015 at 10:17pm
About to take the smaller of those two out of the tank.
Comment by Sean on March 2, 2015 at 10:14pm
Thank You Kevin!!! Your awesome!!!!!
Comment by Kevin R. on March 2, 2015 at 9:38pm

Sean I watched the video and it appears to be pre mating activity. the male has claimed a location and is chasing off others to protect it. the two fish are probably both males battling each other.

you will see the male chase off other fish except the female he is choosing to mate and he will swim to her and nudge her then swim back to his cave or area in hopes she will follow to lay her eggs.

Comment by Phil Slaton on March 2, 2015 at 6:37pm

Actually, you need more females.  With a one male, one female arrangement, the male will wear her out and kill her.  Two females and one male is better.  But four or five females and one males is best.  Never put more than one male in a tank with females.  The males will fight and one or both will die.

I am surprised that the breeder did not share this information with you during the sales process.

Comment by Paul j Young on March 2, 2015 at 5:37pm
I have a question.
I bought 4 breeders (which haven't come yet) 2 female and 2 male. Would it be wiser to have 2 femals and 1 male and keep the second separated. Or would it be alright to put one male and one female together?
Comment by Sean on March 2, 2015 at 1:29am
Thanks, maybe I can get some photos of their regions and post them. I guess once I know what it looks like in my hands I should be good.
Comment by Phil Slaton on March 2, 2015 at 1:27am
Strange. The young man that manages my fish operation get them right most every time. He is much better at it than me.

If from the same brood, I would vote the bigger ones as males.

I hope that you get it sorted out.
Comment by Sean on March 1, 2015 at 11:00pm
Thanks Phil. They are Blue Tilapia, and I've done that.. Annnnddd they all look the same to me there (20/15 vision and I can't tell a boy from a girl). Even used some blue food coloring and they still all look the same to me. So I've been trying to sort them by behavior which Is what I've heard to be more reliable.
Comment by Phil Slaton on March 1, 2015 at 10:41pm

Catch 'em.  Turn them over.  One hole at the anus is a male, two holes is a female.  Can't have to two or more males in the same tank.


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