That's right! Home Tilapia farming offers a solution to the ever-more-difficult problem of finding a fish at a store that is fresh, clean, affordable, and virtually organic.
After all, with home-grown Tilapia, you will have intimate knowledge of its whereabouts from its birth to your dinner table!
Can you say that about that tasteless, overdone salmon fillet you had at that franchise restaurant last time?
How about that tuna salad from a can?
(I've always wondered how they get a tuna to fit in such a small can. Hmmm.)
The key to Tilapia farming at home is the "breeder colony."
Our breeder colonies consist of 5 females and 1 male. You can easily breed them in a home aquarium!
And on this website, I'll show you how you can turn your backyard into a Tilapia farm!
Here you will also find the very best quality pure breed Tilapia fingerlings to stock your backyard farm or aquaponic system.
I have many Blue Tilapia fingerlings ready to travel! these are all-natural, non-hormone
sex-reversed virtually organic baby Tilapia! Just visit the "Our Farm Offerings" page for ordering information.
Just like cats and dogs, etc.there are various breeds of Tilapia.
When I launched this website in 2008, I had Pure breed Hornorum and pure breed Orange Mossambica breeder colonies
(pictured below: the male is the gray Hornorum, the females are Mossambica). They produce all-natural, all-male offspring!
I now have expanded my selection to include Pure breed Blue Tilapia (certified as pure breed by the Florida Dept of Agriculture!)
Which breeder colony to use depends mainly on whether you want natural all-male, improved-body-form offspring (Hornorum/Mossambica hybrid fingerlings) or mixed sex fingerlings (Blue Tilapia).
This is the outside of the facility pictured above.
This is a video of a Hornorum/Mosambica breeder set in action. They are quite young but already breeding!
The pure breed O. Hornorum male in this picture is about five inches long.
The orange ones are pure breed O. Mossambica females.
This Hornorum/Mossambica hybrid is only a pound or so, and he has some weight to put on still.
He is all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eh?
The number one issue in aquaponics is the uncontrolled reproduction of Tilapia in the system, which eventually leads to overcrowding and stunted growth. Additionally, if newborn fry somehow gets in the grow trays, they will start eating the roots of the plants relentlessly and will not stop until the plants are dead.
Due to the natural genetic makeup of each individual pure breed, our breeder sets made up of Hornorum males and Mossambica females will produce fry that are 99% male naturally; not treated with sex-reversal hormones as is the current industry accepted practice.
No females, no hanky-panky in your tanks. Life is good.
99%? I have never seen a female hybrid. However, there is a 2% chance (over the lifetime of a particular female!) that a female hybrid can occur. These females, should they happen, stand a very slim to no chance of ever reaching breeding size.
The hybrid maleoffspring, in the meantime, due to a quirk of nature termed "Hybrid Vigor," will grow faster and bigger than either of their parents and will inherit some of the Hornorum male's "improved body form."
This, combined with Tilapia's natural resistance to disease and ability to thrive in much less than perfect water conditions, makes it the ideal fish for aquaponic systems.
It is also a great business opportunity besides selling table-ready Tilapia!
By purchasing your own breeder colonies, you can market all-male fingerlings to other aquaponic system enthusiasts!
On the other fin, Blue Tilapia breeder colonies produce mixed-sex offspring.
Not that there is anything wrong with that; especially in small tanks.
In a small system you can see Tilapia fry swimming around so you can either harvest them or just leave them there (eventually most will get eaten by the breeders)
Young Blue Tilapia breeder colony
But wait! That's not all!
Please browse our other pages on this website for more fun stuff!