Hi, I'm very new to keeping cichlids and was wondering if anyone had any tips on keeping nile/blue tilapia crosses (Oreochromis niloticus crossed with Oreochromis aureus). I know it's probably a very silly question, but the only information I can find about them is on how to raise them in aquaponics, along with other agricultural based sources. I got two of these hybrid tilapia from my school, they are currently 5 and 6 inches long at a little over a year old, and are both males (which is not unexpected given the cross of species). I'm not sure exactly how big they will be when fully grown, as nile tilapia can be 24 inches, and blue tilapia can be up to 20 inches. I don't know much about other species of tilapia to be honest, as some species aren't true tilapia, whereas others are and the lines get a bit blurry for me. I know that both blue and nile tilapia are typically kept in groups (not sure if they're schooling, shoaling, or if it's just because of the industry), so I would assume that it might help to give them tank mates to reduce stress, and possibly spread out aggression, as I know cichlids are known to be more aggressive fish (I'm not sure if tilapia would be considered a "tank boss" species, as they can get big, but they're commonly raised in a monosex system where they seem to do fine). I don't know if it would be better to get large docile tankmates, more semi-aggressive tankmates, or have no tank mates at all and consider giving them both separate tanks in the long run (now I have a plastic divider with rocks on the bottom big enough that they can't dig under, and tubing on the sides so they can't get cut if they try to push through). I raised these guys since they were 3/4 and inch long and I just want to give them a good life to live, so if anyone has tips or suggestions, please let me know.