Tilapia Fingerlings And Tilapia Breeding Colonies For Sale


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Tilapia Fingerlings For Sale

Tilapia fingerlings are not clones. A mistake often made by aquaponics growers, who tend see plants as copies of each other, is believing that all tilapia are created equally, but nothing could be further from the truth. Every tilapia, even within the same species, has unique markings and characteristics that set it apart as an individual. One characteristic that is of particular importance, to both aquaponics and aquaculture, is what is known as "rate of growth". As each tilapia fry is hatched into this world, its unique rate of growth is already coded into its DNA. In every brood, there are tilapia that have the potential to grow to 20 ounces in six months, as well as tilapia that will barely get to three ounces in the same amount of time.

Problems arise when tilapia of different growth rates are kept together. The larger tilapia will dominate the smaller ones for control over food. This causes the average and small sized tilapia to adapt, by suppressing their appetites, which further inhibits their growth, and may lead to a condition known as "stunted growth", which makes them permanently small. We solve this problem for our customers, by sorting our tilapia fingerlings into three groups: slow, average, and fast growth rates. When a brood of tilapia fingerlings reaches an average size of 1.25 inches we grade each tilapia, and group them with others that share similar growth rate and size. This kind of grading cannot be performed on tilapia fry of less than one inch. Which, incidentally, is why some hatcheries are trying to re-define the term "tilapia fingerlings" to include .5 inch fry, and rid themselves of the hassles of grading altogether. Unfortunately, it is the home tilapia farmer or aquaponic gardener, who finds out later on, that the few dollars saved on half inch to one inch (quote) "tilapia fingerlings" is all lost, when only 1/3rd of their tilapia reach harvest size, and what remains is a pond full of runts.

When you buy tilapia fingerlings from us, you actually get tilapia fingerlings, not re-labeled tilapia fry. You can choose from three different rates of growth to suit your harvest needs, including a special mixed growth rate, from which we've removed all the obvious runts. Don't worry, we find homes for all of our runts as aquarium pets. if you are interested in finding our more about sorting tilapia by rate of growth, and how growth rates affect the efficiency of your tilapia farm, visit our Tilapia Fingerling Grading page on our main website. And of course, all of our tilapia fingerlings are pond ready when they arrive, and they range in size from 1 inch to 2 inches long. They have been inspected, are disease and hormone free and have not been genetically modified in any way. Our Blues and Niles are certified pure strain, and our Wami hybrids come from pure strain parents.

Pure Strain Blue Tilapia Fingerlings

Water: Fresh or Brackish
Normal Water Temperature Range: 60º F to 86º F
Maximum Water Temperature: 106º F
Minimum Water Temperature: 47º F
Feed: Use Purina AquaMax brand food and follow the manufacturers feeding schedule for optimal growth and nutrition. Begin with AquaMax Fingerling Starter 300 then switch to AquaMax Grower 400 when fingerlings reach a weight of one ounce each. Above two ounces, you should use AquaMax AquaMax Dense 4000 all the way up to a harvest size of one pound or larger.


Pure Strain Blue Tilapia Fingerlings (Over 1")
Grading Options
Pure Strain Blue Tilapia Fingerlings (Over 1")
Grading Options

Known in some parts of the world as "St. Peters Fish", after the bible story about Jesus sending Apostle Peter to look into the mouth of the first fish he caught, for a coin to pay the temple tax, our Blue tilapia fingerlings are identical to the ones swimming in the Sea Of Galilee over two thousand years ago. They can grow to over nine pounds and 24 inches in length. In the wild, Blue tilapia live naturally in water ranging from 47º F to 86º F but they can tolerate water as warm as 106º F. Blue tilapia are the most temperature forgiving of all the tilapia species, making them perfect for multi-year growing in areas where winter pond temperatures are a concern.

Our Blue tilapia fingerlings are available in four sorting options.


Wami Hybrid Tilapia Fingerlings

Water: Fresh or Brackish
Normal Water Temperature Range: 70º F to 90º F
Maximum Water Temperature: 106º F
Minimum Water Temperature: 60º F
Feed: Feed 1.76% of body weight per day until harvest size of one pound in six months. Use Aquamax brand food to obtain expected growth results.


All-Male Wami Hybrid Tilapia Fingerlings
Grading Options

Our all-male Wami hybrid tilapia fingerlings are the natural result of crossing a pure strain Wami male tilapia with a pure strain Mozambique female tilapia. The Wami carries a ZZ chromosome pair for determining sex and the Mozambique carries an XX pair. When these two spawn, the resulting offspring inherit a Z chromosome and an X chromosome. This ZX pair results in naturally occurring male fingerlings, without the need for any hormone laced food.

These hybrids also inherit the improved body form and rapid growth rate of their father. They can grow to harvest size in less time, and have larger filets, than any other tilapia species.


Pure Strain Nile Tilapia Fingerlings

Water: Fresh or Brackish
Normal Water Temperature Range: 70º F to 91º F
Maximum Water Temperature: 108º F
Minimum Water Temperature: 56º F
Feed: Feed Nile tilapia fingerlings 1.76% of body weight per day until they reach a harvest size of one pound in approximately nine months. Use AquaMax brand food to obtain the expected growth results.


Pure Strain Nile Tilapia Fingerlings (Over 1")
Pure Strain Nile Tilapia Fingerlings (Over 1")

Nile tilapia have been farmed in Egypt for over five thousand years. They have their own hieroglyph, and are depicted in the frescos, carvings, and scarabs found in several ancient Egyptian tombs. Nile tilapia fingerlings can grow to be as large as 24 inches. They live naturally in water temperatures ranging from 56 to 91º F, but they can survive in water temperatures as high as 108º F.

Nile tilapia are the most commonly farmed tilapia in the tropical regions of the world, and a popular choice with aquaponic farmers in the U.S. We do not recommend Nile tilapia for commercial aquaculture or aquaponics outside of the gulf coast or the Florida peninsula, due their increased cost to maintain in colder winter climates, and slower growth when compared to Hornorum / Mossambica hybrids.



Tilapia Fry For Sale

Save money with unsorted tilapia fry. Since tilapia fry can't be graded for size, or sorted for rate or growth, we offer them at a price that reflects our time savings. For those of you who want to stagger, or delay, the introduction of tilapia fingerlings into your ponds, keeping tilapia fry on hand, is a great way to ensure that you'll have new tilapia stock ready to go when you are. Tilapia fry will only grow as fast as you feed them and you can actually regulate their development a bit by feeding more or less per day. Just make sure that you always give enough food to allow for some growth, and not completely stop it. If you have questions about raising tilapia fry, please contact us and we'll be happy to teach you everything you need to know.

Tilapia fry are typically between 1/4 inch and one inch long, however the average size of the tilapia fry that we ship is between 1/2 and 1 inch long.

Tilapia Fry For Sale


Tilapia Fry
Choose From Available Species

In the "Choose From Available Species" drop down list we do our best to only list the species that we currently have in abundance. If we run out of a species, we will contact you with options or give you a full refund upon request.



Tilapia Breeder Colonies For Sale

Tilapia breeder colonies are the way to go for anyone who wants to operate their own tilapia hatchery.  We only sell young compatible tilapia that will typically begin to produce fingerlings within a few weeks of their arrival. You can keep breeder colonies in 55 gallon aquariums for several months, if you carefully control their food intake, so that they don't outgrow their home. If you're curious about to expect when your tilapia breeder colony arrives, we've made the YouTube video above to show you.

Pure Strain Blue Tilapia Breeding Colonies

Water: Fresh or Brackish
Normal Water Temperature Range: 60º F to 86º F
Maximum Water Temperature: 106º F
Minimum Water Temperature: 47º F
Minimum Breeding Water Temperature: 68º F
Optimal Breeding Water Temperature: 80º F
Optimal Breeding pH level: 8.0
Feed: For hatchery operations start with 1/2 teaspoon of Purina Aquamax Fingerling Starter 300 per day for the entire colony. The goal is to keep them as small as possible, for as long as possible. Blue tilapia breeding colonies spawn more readily when they are given lots of space. The smaller they are, the bigger that a 55 gallon aquarium seems.


Pure Strain Blue Tilapia Breeding Colonies

Blue tilapia breeding colonies consist of six fish: one male and five females. The scientific name for Blue tilapia is Oreochromis aureus. Other names for Blue tilapia are Israeli tilapia and St. Peters Fish. They are native to the Sea of Galilee, the rivers of the Jordan Valley, the Lower Nile River, and the Chad Basin. The largest on record was 24 inches long weighing 9.6 pounds. See the full story here.


Wami Hybrid Tilapia Breeding Colonies


Water: Fresh or Brackish
Normal Water Temp Range: 70º F to 96º F
Maximum Water Temperature: 106º F
Minimum Water Temperature: 60º F
Optimal Breeding Water Temperature: 80º F
Optimal Breeding pH level: 8.0
Feed: For hatchery operations start with 1/2 teaspoon of Purina Aquamax Fingerling 300 per day for all six fish. The goal is to keep them as small as possible so they have the perspective of a larger environment in a 55 gallon aquarium. Females will not spawn as often if they feel over-crowded, or unable to evade, and hide, when chased.


Wami Hybrid Tilapia Breeding Colony
Variety

This is it! The improved body form Wami tilapia "super male" with five pure strain orange Mossambica tilaipa females. The naturally occuring ZZ chromosomes of the Wami male will produce all-male Wami hybrids, and the improved body form will produce larger filets than any other tlapia in as little as six months.


Pure Strain Nile Tilapia Breeding Colonies

Water: Fresh or Brackish
Normal Water Temperature Range: 70º F to 91º F
Maximum Water Temperature: 108º F
Minimum Water Temperature: 58º F
Optimal Breeding Water Temperature: 80º F
Optimal Breeding pH level: 8.0
Feed: For hatchery operations start with 1/2 teaspoon of Purina Aquamax 200 sinking per day. The goal is to keep them as small as possible for as long as possible. For commercial aquaculture feed 1.76% of body weight per day until desired size.  The bigger the female, the more tilapia fry she can carry.


Pure Strain Nile Tilapia Breeding Colonies

Nile tilapia breeding colonies consist of six fish: one male and five females. The scientific name for Nile tilapia is Oreochromis niloticus. Nile tilapia were pond farmed in ancient Egypt and live naturally in the warm waters of Africa.



Specialty Tilapia For Sale

For tilapia hatcheries, breeders and experimenters.

Pure Strain Improved Body Form Wami Male


Pure Strain Improved Body Form Wami Male

This is the same Wami male included with the breeder colony sold above. If you breed this with a pure breed Mozambique tilapia (black or orange) or with a pure breed Nile tilapia (red or Egyptian), the result will be all-male Wami hybrids with more edible filets than any other tilapia. Our Wami male is a direct descendant of the original (F1) samples brought to the US in the 1970's. This species naturally carries dominant ZZ chromosomes for sex determination. It has never been exposed to any artificial genetic engineering of any kind. The scientific name for this species is Oreochromis urolepis hornorum.


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We believe that the price we advertise should match the total at checkout. We are in the tilapia fingerling business, not the shipping business. We don't try to make a few extra dollars by overcharging you for shipping.

Don't let yourself be fooled by low prices only to be ripped off by shipping charges later.

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If you find a lower advertised price on any of the tilapia that we sell, we will beat our competitors price by 10%

Our only condition is that our competitors tilapia must be of the same size and quality as the tilapia that we sell.

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We guarantee that your order will arrive alive or we will refund the lost tilapia.

Legal Issues

In some states, it's illegal to raise tilapia for sale. In a few states it's a crime possess them as pets. Some states ban certain species, while others issue special permits. And as dumb as it sounds, there are even places where you can keep tilapia as pets, but if you eat them, you will go to jail.
The laws are different in every state, make absolutely no sense and are subject to change.
It is your responsibility to determine the laws of your state before bringing them into your backyard. If you need help getting pointed in the right direction, visit our tilapia legal information page and find your state in the list.

Contact Us

There are no silly questions, only good people who are too shy to ask. We don't bite! Please feel free to contact us with all your backyard tilapia farming questions.
Remember though, we are an operating tilapia hatchery. So if you call and we don't answer it probably means that we couldn't dry our hands fast enough.
We do check our email twice a day and sometimes more.
phone: (865) 262-8289
email: info@backyardtilapia.com

Pro Tip:

In the words of the fictional Dr. Ian Malcolm, "I'm simply saying that life, uh... finds a way".

We use words like all-male when referring to certain breeder colonies and fingerlings, but nature has a way of making a liar out of anyone. Even though we've never seen a female hybrid there is a small chance that one will occur. According to geneticists, each hybrid tilapia fry has a 2 percent chance of becoming female. This chance only applies to each individual and not the entire brood. So the chances of getting a female hybrid is not affected by the number of fry in the brood.