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 for sale

Started by john mark. Last reply by Jeff S Mar 31. 2 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

A way to hatch tilapia eggs

Started by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.. Last reply by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. Mar 15. 25 Replies

Tis the season to breed tilapia. So I thought you might find this paper on how to hatch tilapia eggs helpful. However, just to answer some pre-questions:1. Yes it works.2. Yes it really is that…Continue

Rule of tumb breeding

Started by Stuart Polkinghorne. Last reply by Stuart Polkinghorne Feb 25. 23 Replies

Lets post some rule of thumb breeding tips, so all can find some easy and fast methods people are and have used successfully.Things to include that have worked for you or that you know…Continue

Transfering Tilapia from Salt-water to Fresh-water

Started by Saleh Abbas. Last reply by Yusuf Mario Germino Feb 6. 8 Replies

I like to share this information because may be somebody will find it helpful. I went to Saudi Fish Research Center in Jeddah, KSA to get some Tilapia for my apuaponic system.  They have given me…Continue

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Comment by Dave Story on August 6, 2012 at 6:56pm

I thought all tilapia are mix-breeds. the only pure bloods that I know are Sara and Kellen's Blues.I have a few from my colony.

Comment by Annika Wallace on August 6, 2012 at 6:17pm

It resembles a red.  We did some research and that is what it looks like is used for the all male hybrid

Comment by Bob Campbell on August 6, 2012 at 6:01pm

Those colors are a gang symbol and this looks like an albino from the Dantes Albino gang.  They have been know to chase other fish just for fun and are wanted for harassment in 14 tanks.  Don't mess with these fish or they will put a contract out on you!  Sorry I'm just having fun.   It sorta looks like an albino, It's definitely got the tillapia shape, but it looks like it lost is color.  Poor thing - it's not going to be very attractive during mating.

Comment by Stuart Polkinghorne on August 6, 2012 at 4:36pm

Can anyone tell me what kind of talapia this one is?

I caught it at a fish farm and put it in my mother in laws tank with 2 others not this colour, it bullied the others to to the point I had to remove them.

It's about 5 inch long.

Comment by Hydroponics Curacao on July 30, 2012 at 9:45pm

What pond size should I get for growing tilapias in?

Comment by Randall Wimbish on July 21, 2012 at 9:28pm

Well actually, the missing body parts I described were on live swimming fry-fingerlings when I received them. I still have a couple of them alive with one eye but no deaths today.  This experience has given me the excuse to shut down the original small experimental  h.p, system that led me on this journey and start another 60 gallon A.P. system inside my garage with the high intensity lighting for winter salad type plants. I removed 30 small Tilapia out of the aquarium and placed them in the new tank. I have 16 others that I re homed in a sump tank on another system. The aquarium still has a huge amount and they are really growing fast. so time to start harvesting my one year olds and put more fingerlings in the main 150 gallon tank..


Comment by Dave Story on July 18, 2012 at 7:03pm


thank you for sharing your experience.

The problem with this site is some people do not have experiences. They read part of one article and they are transformed into experts.

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on July 18, 2012 at 7:00pm

I'm glad it's slowing down. The red gills can be a parasite or a bacterial infection. The missing body parts could be due to fighting, or being eaten after death, which isn't good if they're sick. Watch them closely and pull any dead or dying ones out right away.

Comment by Randall Wimbish on July 18, 2012 at 6:42pm

I got the salt up to 5 ppt and it looks like the mortality rate has almost stopped. I think most of the ones that died had severe ammonia and nitrite poisoning. Some of them had one or both eyes missing, tails missing, chunks out or their backs or were extremely red on the top of their heads and gills.  These fish are not in an aquaponic system yet just in an aquarium until they get bigger. Even though I lost a bunch of them there is still a bunch of them alive.

Comment by TCLynx on July 17, 2012 at 5:04am

problem with giving fish antibiotics is that the antibiotics will kill the bio-filter and can wind up in the plants so it is best to do that kind of treatment in a hospital tank away from your real aquaponics.


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