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  • Item #: 6-9 Tilapia

A $250 minimum order to one address is required to qualify for free fish delivery within 50 miles of zip code 46531. Call or e-mail for delivery quote if you are outside of that area. For orders over 100 pounds delivered to one address, please call or e-mail for prices. Multiple fish species can be combined to meet the $250 minimum for free delivery.

Tilapia (Oreochromis various species) is native to Africa and the Middle East.  In warm water regions of the United States Tilapia can survive all year long, and can grow up to 10 pounds.  Tilapia thrive in water temperatures over 65°F, and will typically reproduce in mid 70°F and higher water temperatures, and will not survive water temperatures below 45°F.  Here in Northern Indiana, Tilapia usually will grow to 12”-14” in length and 2 to 3 pounds in the Fall. They are the same fish as the Tilapia that you see for sale in grocery stores and restaurants.

Tilapia are typically stocked in ponds when the water temperature is over 60°F.  They are mouth brooders; the male makes a nest, fertilizes the eggs that the   female deposits, then the females immediately pick up the eggs in their mouths, holding them through incubation and for several days after hatching. Tilapia can spawn as small as 4" in size, and will typically spawn every 3 to 4 weeks when water temperatures above 75°F.

Tilapia are typically stocked in ponds to eat the filamentous algea that grows and ends up floating around on the pond surface. Tilapia have been known to eat Duckweed and some other species of algae, but their preferred food is filamentous algae. Some species of Tilapia survive in water temperatures as low as 45º F, providing a natural alternative for algae control until late fall.  They are an excellent choice for ponds where chemcial use for algae control is not preferred. They also make for great Largemouth Bass forage due to their high spawning rate.  If stocked early in the year, before filamentous algae gets established, we have found that in a typical Northern Indiana pond stocking rates of 40 pounds per surface acre are required. If algae has started to grow, it is best to treat the algaw with Cutrine Plus 2-5 days prior to stocking the Tilapia.

Please note that Tilapia are sold by the pound, not per fish, so the prices reflected here are per pound. We try to deliver Tilapia that are between 2 to 5 fish per pound, to avoid predation of the stocked fish. Larger Tilapia are available at the same price per pound.

Tilapia for pond stocking are available starting the week after Mothers Day through the middle of July.

Price $16.00
21 or more $15.00 each
51 or more $14.00 each
Availability Out-of-Stock
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