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Mossambicus Tilapia for Sale - perfect for breeding and aquaponics
Find Mossambicus Tilapia for sale on justcichlids.com. We offer fry of varying sizes and sometimes adults or small colonies for sale so check this page often. Most people are searching for pure breed Mossambicus are looking to start a home based Tilapia farming business. If you are interested in this area there is a great book called Aquaponic Gardening which is the best home manual available for backyard aquaponics. Learn how to create a system that uses waste water from fish and fertilizes organic vegetables in a sustainable closed system.
Mossambicus tilapia is a freshwater African cichlid native to southern Africa. This prolific cichlid is a mouth breeder and has become quite popular in aquaculture next to the Blue Tilapia or Oreochromis aureus. This species is offered for sale as fry or in breeding colonies for this reason. Tilapia species have become a significant source of food with most of the imports of Tilapia coming from China, Brazil and Asia. Smaller aquaculture operations exist now in the United States and are increasing. Tilapia fish farming has become a new bloodline of income for Americans.
This robust species can tolerate both brackish and salt water and can survive over a wide range of temperatures. The life span of this cichlid fish is approximately 11 years and they can reach a weight of 2.5lb in weight with a total length of 14 inches. Mozambiques are crossed with other Tilapia and the purpose of this hybridization is to produce offspring which are nearly all male offspring. Males grow much larger than females, so utilizing genetically engineered or chemically altered techniques results in male population for better margins on the harvest.
Oreochromis mossambicus or Mozambique tilapia are known to be an invasive species and has been nominated by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) as one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world because the can easily harm native fish populations through competition for food and habitat. They should not be released into local waters ways or canals. The consensus is this species has become a part of our food source in aquaculture and is kept for this purpose.
Mozambique Tilapia are extremely hardy cichlids that are easy to raise and harvest, which makes them a great aquacultural species. This species of Tilapia comprises about 4% of the total Tilapia aquaculture market worldwide. It is also common to see this species hybridized with other Tilapia to improve size and weight and perhaps taste.
The species is known by a number of other names including: