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These are the most common questions I could think of.
  • What does a Tilapia eat?
  • How do they do "the wild thing"?
  • Help!, that horny son-of-a-fish is hurting the females!
  • First she had a mouthful, now it's gone, what's up?
  • How long before the little cherubs grow into "Aquatic whoppers"?
  • Why do they try to "gulp air" from the surface of the water?
  • When do they "graduate" to the big outdoors?
Please look below for the answers




Female Blue Tilapia juvenile with a mouthful of eggs


A: That is an indication that the oxygen level in the water is low. They are not gulping air, they are gulping oxygen rich water from the surface. If this happens constantly, you must do something to enhance aeration. Just get the water moving! it is the friction of the water and air that transfers oxygen to it. If this happens just after feeding, they are looking to maximize their oxygen intake in order to digest the food. Just feed a little less next time. Frequent feeding is much better than one big mouthful.

Q: When do they "graduate" to the big outdoors?


A:Although they could survive outside (provided there are no bigger fish in the tank) as soon as their mother stops taking them back into her mouth, I prefer to leave them in the nursery tank until they are about 3/4 inch long. By then they know the "hand that feeds them", and the food. Which, by the way, is finely ground from the pellets you buy for the bigger ones.