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.
Latest Activity: Dec 19, 2021
Started by Jennifer Pankey. Last reply by Zalinda Farms Inc Oct 10, 2015. 1 Reply 0 Likes
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 0 Likes
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
Started by john mark. Last reply by Jeff Fultz Apr 13, 2015. 3 Replies 0 Likes
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
Started by Kevin R.. Last reply by Jeff Fultz Apr 13, 2015. 4 Replies 0 Likes
can someone give advice on a tilapia breeding/hatching question.my tilapia breed about once every couple months but fail to get thru the entire process.they lay the eggs, they are fertilized, they…Continue
I have hatchlings! I've lost how many batches I've had but this is the third one where I am in a position to save and seperate some for grow out
Thanks Pam, I appreciate your help.
Craig, I found a PDF on the UofA website written by the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University, Alabama: Selecting_Tilapia.pdf
Craig, I've only done some reading on them. Apparently they were bred for their coloration; they are a hybrid that do okay in water temps 55-98 and have a slightly higher growth rate. Blues are still claimed to be the most cold tolerant. My blues are in a 750g tank outside; the temps have briefly gotten down to 45 and have made it through ok...their appetite is almost non-existent though. Here's a couple of links that may be helpful:
Have you heard of Red Tilapia?
I'm in Tucson, AZ. My first group of Tilapia were Whites. After doing some reading, I decided to go with Blues. They tolerate a lower water temp and seem to grow, males especially, at a faster rate - pretty good harvest size in a year or just under.
Is there a preferred Tilapia species to have in your system?
Does one grow faster than another?
When my blue tilapia were getting to the breeding stage, I searched the internet for determining male and female. I found a lot of the same pictures with conflicting descriptions of which was which. But using the look and compare method, I set aside 3 fish in a 40 gallon tank. Both apparent males began creating nesting sites. One, though, was more 'assertive' than the other, and won the female. The second male was bullied until I took him out. The remaining pair did indeed mate and I have a plethora of babies right now...from 2 'birthings'. Looking closely at the male and female, it became obvious there is a difference in the dorsal fin. The male dorsal tapered to a point well over the tail fin. The female dorsal was considerably rounded. I've drawn a sketch to show this:
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