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Tilapia Breeding


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 Growzay on August 13, 2011 at 9:54pm

I finally added some Tilapia to my system- #20-  2-1/2 inches - 3- 1/2 inches. I was told by the seller that 90% of them will be male. He also told me to look for fish that start turning pink- they are the females... My question is -

1- At what age do they have to be to start breeding?

2- Is it necessary to have a seperate breeding tank?

3- Can/will they just breed in the AP system reservior?    

Comment by Conrad Chin-Yee on August 13, 2011 at 8:51pm

Sorry, I don't have any pics. The huge fish likes to hang out at the top in a corner of the IBC. The large fish seem to like the bottom or middle. I have seen the babies near the top at times and then they disappear at other times. I I could breed them in a glass aquarium the visibility would be much better


Comment by Carey Ma on August 13, 2011 at 8:40pm

I am fascinated by this topic! What are the conditions for breeding? When and how do you separate? Do you need any plants or structures?..I guess I better read up on this eh?...hehe

Thanks for starting this forum.

Comment by TCLynx on August 13, 2011 at 7:30pm
I had no luck breeding tilapia indoors in an aquarium that was supposedly 50 gallons.  Many things were against me though.  Indoors I didn't have much luck getting 86 F water since I didn't want to heat the aquarium much.  I had much better luck when I moved the fish out to a 300 gallon tank and the outdoor temps here gave me 86 F water.  I just tossed 12 random blue tilapia into my duckweed pond and had tons of babies several weeks later.
Comment by SW on August 13, 2011 at 7:07pm
Hey Conrad do you have a picture?  Are any of the babies hanging around the tilapia?
Comment by Conrad Chin-Yee on August 13, 2011 at 7:06pm
How do I get started breeding tilapia in glass aquarium indoors in a bright back room? What is the minimum size that I need, and how many boys and girls?
Comment by Conrad Chin-Yee on August 13, 2011 at 7:00pm
I just saw a little school of tiny fish in my breeding tank that has about 6 large wild- caught  tilapia. But I am unsure if they are tilapia or some stray mosquito ninnows that are in my system to keep down monquitos. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they are the real McCoy...Hope they don't go down the overflow to my growbed!
Comment by Sahib Punjabi on August 12, 2011 at 6:52pm

Thank you...I would love to learn from Tilapia also gave babies although we did nor have such a fab' survival rate. 


God bless,

Comment by SW on August 12, 2011 at 8:51am
Here's a really cool video of one of our female tilapia releasing the fry from her mouth and then calling them all back into her mouth.  This fish had 850+ babies when we finally counted them a couple of weeks later with a near 100% survival rate!
Comment by SW on August 12, 2011 at 8:37am
One of the things I enjoy most about aquaponics is the raising of fingerlings.  Watching the various stages of development from eggs being laid, fry first being released by the mom, fingerling stage and finally to brood stock age.

We have a couple of 135 gallon aquariums set up siphoning to a clarifier and then out to our grow beds. Many of our female fish will eat right from our hands...they have been named and will never meet the fry pan!

Would love to exchange ideas, pictures and experiences with others that enjoy the breeding side of aquaponics.


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