Posted by: dwjmcneil | November 26, 2007

Why Tilapia

Tilapia in aquaculture

From Wikipedia,

Because of their large size, rapid growth, and palatability. Like other large fish, they are a good source of protein. They need warm, tropical temperatured water.

Tilapiines are also among the easiest and most profitable fish to farm. This is due to their omnivorous diet, mode of reproduction (the fry do not pass through a planktonic phase), tolerance of high stocking density, and rapid growth. Unlike salmon, which rely on high-protein feeds based on fish or meat, commercially important tilapiine species eat a vegetable or cereal based diet.

Tilapia has become the third most important fish in aquaculture after carps and salmonids, with production reaching 1,505,804 metric tons in 2002.



  1. where do I get tilapia to put into my system? what about catifish or crayfish?

    • you can use any fish….

      catfish do very well…

      try to get a fish that does well with your weather.

      The reason I like Tilapia, they can tolerate the ups and downs of us beginners, fluctuations in ph, ammonia, temp…etc….

      You can get your Tilapia from Morningstar
      tell em I sent you


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