What's up with tilapia? Hybridizing like mad?
(I remember when tilapia filets hit the supermarket.
It was never seen here before maybe 2004?)
Now I have a friend with 2 acres and a bunch of old bath tubs who wants to set up big this aquaponics rig with tilapia.
Somehow I really expect it to turn out more like Dave's Fish Rescue rather than produce serious food, but tilapia? They must like the summer heat, because we have 3 mos in the hi-90s ~ lo-100s here in the SSJV.
If I can get off work this Friday I am hoping to drive to a fishery in Buffalo, Texas. It is a 3 hour trip and 187 miles away, in my Kia that gets 41 mpg it will cost $20 in gas. A friend is making the trip with me. Overton Fisheries sell fish for pond stocking purposes. Bass, minnows, catfish etc, and they sell Mozambique Tilapia also. They sell small tilapia 3" to 6" in length for $12 per pound. They say 15 to 25 fish per pound. I am planing to get two pounds. I will try to get them to cull out the bigger fish, so I get more in number.I started seeing Mozambique Tilapines back in the 60s and 70s, I got my first ones around 63.
Not sure how many I will put in the 75g tank and how many in my pond. I had some in a smaller tank years ago. It was cool watching them with the eggs, then fry in their mouths. I know one thing, they are extremely easy to breed and to breed by the thousands! I need to get a permit, so I can at least give the excess fish away, or I will have to separate by sex (what a pain)
Anyway, I am excited with my tank build and getting Tilapia to put in it.