This tropical freshwater fish is easy to raise in large numbers in small tanks. This makes tilapia an ideal partner for plants on aquaponics farms.
Good to Know . . .
In Canada, tilapia are raised in land-based tank systems that use recirculation technology. This system treats and filters dirty water before returning it to the fish tanks. The water is also heated to keep tilapia at a comfortable 24 °C.
Tilapia are mouthbrooders: a female tilapia keeps her young inside her mouth until the baby fish are around 12 days old.
Tilapia is one of the most popular fish farmed worldwide.
Farming tilapia isn’t new. The Ancient Egyptians farmed Nile tilapia thousands of years ago.
Some species of tilapia live in brackish water. Brackish water has a higher concentration of salt than freshwater, but a lower concentration of salt than saltwater.
Tilapia are omnivores, and on fish farms they are often fed algae or plants such as corn and soybeans.
Tilapia grow quicker than many other types of fish. This makes them a popular choice for fish farmers, especially in warmer climates.