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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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Latest Activity: Dec 19, 2021

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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 Wendell Ford on May 15, 2014 at 6:03pm
I was harvesting Tilapia yesterday and found three fish with eggs in the mouths. The eggs were light grey in color. I am assuming that since the eggs were in the mouth they were fertilized. I rinsed the eggs from the mouth and put them in a incubator I made from a jar, five gallon bucket and air pump. My questions are am I correct in assuming the eggs were fertilized? And how long should it take for the eggs to hatch? Any pointers from experienced breeds would be greatly appreciated.
Comment by Tetsuzan Benny Ron on April 9, 2014 at 6:54pm

Does anyone here noticed if there is an effect of the day length on the size of tilapia's gonads?

Comment by Pablo on April 9, 2014 at 8:41am

ah ok.. thanks Randall... i thought there was something specific.

Comment by Pablo on April 8, 2014 at 9:39am

Thanks Randall... what do you mean by red food coloring?

Comment by Pablo on April 7, 2014 at 2:58pm

Identifing tilapia for reproduction

Hi Everyone,

I have 15 tilapias and just separated 3 to a new aquarium with the purpose of reproduction.


I placed here what i thought could be a male and 2 females, however, I have been analyzing their behavior and i am a bit confused, so i took few videos in order to place the question in few groups.

If anybody can help me i will appreciate.


Details of system:


Width: 1 foot

Height: 16 inches

Length: 30 inches

Volume: 94 Liters = 25 US gallons



Temp: 27 Celsius = 80 Fahrenheit


You will see 3 tilapias:

1. Largest one

2. Sort of like singular colour, with fins black/metallic

and Pectoral fins redish.

3. It has more black lines along the body. Smaller of the 3.


#2 seems pretty aggressive and chasing the other two.. They have actually jumped out of the aquarium.


there is mouth fight, especially between #1 and #2,


#3 seems to be chased more than any, though #2 chased #1 even though is bigger.


I am starting to think that 1 and 2 could be males, so i am looking for some insights from all of you.

Thanks in advance.

Link Video :

Comment by Shelia Hoyt on December 29, 2013 at 8:52pm

Okay everyone. my male is just very lazy he did not dig a hole/ pit  but instead let them in his pvc and one of my females now has eggs in her mouth.



Comment by Shelia Hoyt on December 29, 2013 at 8:44pm

 Hi Randall,

  $14.00 a lb  for 1-4 inch fingerlings is very reasonable. I bought some of mine for almost $2.00 a piece and it is cost prohibitive for what I plan to do which is raise them for food for us and cook or dehydrate them for chicken feed.  




Comment by Shelia Hoyt on December 29, 2013 at 8:26pm

No, Bob,

  I do not have a radio flow filter. I have an in ground koi pond 300 gallon  for my sump that pumps into my fish tank and then directly into my grow beds so they would be pumped into the gravel if any had been hatched.

  I did not put any PVC or hiding places in my tanks past summer. Also I keep the water between 68-74 with the help of solar heat and wood heat and a heat exchanger. It would be very difficult to keep the water in the upper 70's and 80's through the winter and I do not want to burn that much wood... So I have a large aquarium in my house for the breeders. The first time I placed the first batch  in the tank  they bred with in a week... 


Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on December 29, 2013 at 7:00pm


I just tried to find the name of the mountains. I will pick-up a Geodesic Survey (topo map) tomorrow. I should know the name. I have topos of the area, but they are in my RV behind me.

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on December 29, 2013 at 6:48pm


Those are mountains. on the right is a pass that leads down into a valley and on to the Rio Grande. You need to stop on out.


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