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Loyalty. They allowed me to accept online payments in the beginning when credit cards processors gave me the cold shoulder or wanted outrageous commissions.
You can conduct your transaction through PayPal as you would any other online purchase and you don't need to have a PayPal account!
 Please note:
ALL of my Tilapia are all-natural, hormone-free, non GMO fed, disease-free cuties!
All natural because I just let them "do their thing"; hormone-free because I wouldn't know where to buy hormones if I wanted to, non-GMO because they eat the best organic food ever, duckweed!
I supplement their diet with a premium feed specifically formulated for Tilapia in recirculating systems (aquaponic).
I also send samples annually to the Fish Disease Laboratory at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Their certification is valid in all 50 states and many foreign countries. I will email you a copy if you want.

Now, a word (or three) about "free shipping." really?
Be aware of "Tilapia farmers" offering free shipping: $89.00 for 10 fingerlings? really?
"Free shipping" is not only a myth; it is a lie!
Of course the Post Office, UPS, or FedEx don't ship for free; these charlatans err.. "farmers" hide their shipping costs by inflating the price of the fish.
Would you buy anything from an outfit that lies to you from the start?
please scroll down for my explanation of shipping charges.

NEW! High price match guarantee!
If you feel like paying more for your breeders or fingerlings I will oblige you unconditionally!

Bonus! All my orders will include a FREE starter culture of Duckweed! (If you want it)
Just let me know.
Please see below for its description.
These are our products:
Please make sure to scroll all the way down! lots of goodies to look at !
Hornorum/Mossambica breeder sets
A breeder set consists of 1 male improved body form (very noticeable in this photo) pure breed Hornorum Tilapia and 5 pure breed orange Mossambica Tilapia females. These sets produce all-natural, hormone free all-male fingerlings with
more usable flesh than other Tilapia.
The cost is only $199.00 (formerly $399.00!) for 1 set plus $69.00 shipping/packaging.

Also very popular!
Hornorum/Nile breeder sets. Produces all-natural, Hormone-free, all-male offspring with more usable flesh than other Tilapia.
The cost is only $169.00 (formerly $234.00!) plus $69.00 shipping/packaging.

Hornorum/Blue breeder sets. Produces all-natural, hormone-free, mixed-sex offspring with more usable flesh than other Tilapia.
The cost is only $169.00 (formerly $234.00!) plus $69.00 shipping/packaging.
Pure Breed Blue Tilapia breeder sets
CERTIFIED PURE BREED by the Florida Department of Agriculture; my Blue Tilapia breeder sets also consist of 1 male and 5 females. These will produce pure breed, all-natural, mixed-sex fingerlings. The cost is only $99.00 (formerly $199.00!) for one plus $69.00 shipping/packaging.
If you are able to pass by the farm to pick them up I can give you bigger breeders than the ones I ship and you save the cost of shipping. just email me for details. No FL PERMIT REQUIRED!
For local Pick-up!
Manually-sexed ALL MALE Blue Tilapia juveniles 4-6 inches or more in size!
Please email me for details.
Nile Tilapia breeder sets
Nile Tilapia breeder sets consist of 1 male and five females. These will produce mixed-sex fingerlings. The cost is only $99.00 for one plus $69.00 shipping/packaging.
These are also available for pick-up but require a permit if you are a Florida resident.
 Tilapia Sunrise breeder sets
Tilapia Sunrise is the name I've given to my hybrids of Orange Mossambica, Blue, and Red Nile Tilapia.
Very similar to what others call "Thai Red".
They look reddish with white and/or black spots and are not Pure Breed Orange Mossambica.
They will not produce all-male offspring when bred with Hornorum or Nile male Tilapia but, being hybrids, they will grow faster and to a bigger size than Mossambica.
I offer these in order to cater to Tilapia farming enthusiasts who want to have a "prettier" Tilapia than the usual grey/black. You will get 1 male and 5 females.
The cost is only $99.00 (formerly $199.00!) for one breeder set plus $69.00 shipping/packaging.
These are also available for pick-up but require a permit if you are a Florida resident.
Hey! This idea just in from Cindy:
How about"a la carte" breeder sets?
you choose which breeds they consist of!
Just email me for a quote and availability.
Tilapia Fingerlings
My fingerlings are all-natural, hormone-free baby Tilapia.
You can choose from all-male hybrids, mixed-sex Blue Tilapia fingerlings,  and mixed-sex Nile Tilapia fingerlings.
Please scroll down for pictures.
If you don't want to go through the breeding process but want to "grow your own", you can order at least 15 of these.
15 will fit nicely in a 125 gallon tank!
35 will be perfectly fine in an IBC tote even when they reach 2 pounds!
50 or 100 will fit nicely in one or two 8ft diameter (+/- 500 gallons each) kiddie pools or tanks.
The all-male are ideal for aquaponic systems!
All-male means there will be no unwanted reproduction in your system!
With the mixed-sex fingerlings you take your chances but you can also try to breed them yourself!

My fingerlings are 1 inch average in size which means that some may be smaller than 1 inch.
But here is the dirty little secret other "farmers" don't want you to know: At this stage Tilapia will grow faster than at any other point in its life!
A 1/2 inch fingerling will grow to 1 inch in less than a week!
Shipping them at a smaller size is less stressful on them and you save on the shipping since they can travel in smaller packaging.
By the way, a 1/2 inch fingerling is just that: a fingerling. A fry is just that: a newborn smaller than a grain of rice.

And, oh yeah. The notion that somehow a higher priced 'Aquaponic" Tilapia is better than a "pond" Tilapia! What next!
Clever marketing designed to impress the impressionable in my opinion.
Shipping/packaging for all fingerlings is a flat $49.00 for 15 and 25, $59.00 for 35 and 50, and $69.00 for 70 and 100. 
For orders over 100 or if you need a specific number of fingerlings just email me and I'll send you a customized quote.
I now have lots of beautiful mixed-sex pure breed Blue tilapia (certified pure breed by the Florida Department of Agriculture). These are not regulated in many states where Nile, Mossambica and Hornorum are.
Blue tilapia fingerlings

Nile Tilapia fingerlings
All-male hybrid fingerlings
These are the same you would get from a Hornorum/Mossambica breeder set.
All-natural, hormone-free. See the improved body shape they inherited from their dad?


Improved body form Pure Breed Oreochromis Urolepis Hornorum "super male"
This is the same Hornorum male that you get in my Hornorum/Mossambica and Hornorum/Nile breeder sets.
Produces all-natural, all-male offspring when bred with pure breed Mossambica or Nile females.


Just in case you are wondering where to get a starter culture wonder no more!
I can ship to you enough to get you started (it doesn't take much).
All you have to do is keep it away from the fish but part of your system and in direct sunlight.
It will keep multiplying and multiplying so that in a very short time you will be able to harvest some and keep the rest multiplying.
MOSQUITO FISH! (Gambusia Affinis)
These little guys are true specialists! the Mosquito Fish consumes large quantities of insect larvae in your pond or floating raft aquaponic troughs. Backyard aquaponics enthusiasts use this species of Gambusia to control, as its name suggests, mosquitoes. However, this voracious feeder will also consume other insect larvae and algae to benefit your pond or troughs in numerous ways. First, the Mosquito Fish helps prevent your aquaponic system from becoming a backyard breeding ground for potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes. Secondly, it helps keep your system beautiful by feeding on algae and hatching insects that can damage your plants and the overall aesthetics of your system.
Commercial Aquaculture

Colonies for Commercial Applications

I can supply as many Blue, Tilapia Sunrise, or Nile Tilapia breeder sets as needed for commercial applications.


Please email me for ordering details.


You can sell your market-ready Tilapia whole to distributors or "live haulers" who will usually send a truck to pick them up live (no processing on your part!).


Of course you can double or triple your revenue if you market them to local farmer's markets, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), Hispanic, Caribbean, and oriental markets and restaurants yourself. If you go with an aquaponic system you will have loads of veggies as well!

These are very conservative figures that a beginner could easily accomplish. A professional with state of the art equipment could easily double the output.

If you minimize the use of electricity by using solar electric and thermal energy, the biggest cost will be food. The use of duckweed, algae, worms, tadpoles etc. as a supplemental source of protein will significantly reduce the amount of commercial food needed. I know of a guy in Canada who goes around to local restaurants offering to haul away their vegetable scraps for free!


you can go to

for a good method of implementing duckweed into your project.











Show me the money!

You can pay by check or money order. Just go to the contact us page and e-mail me your request.

You can also pay via PayPal by just clicking on the "Add to Cart" and "View Cart" buttons.

Before you do, though, make sure we have been in communication by email.

For orders with discounted or customized totals I will email you an invoice via paypal.

You can pay by email through PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account.



A word (or three) about shipping

I charge flat rates for packaging/shipping because not every package weighs the same, measures the same, or goes to the same zip code.

Sometimes it costs me more, sometimes I get to buy a happy meal on the way home.

I ship on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. You should receive them one or two days later depending on your zip code. Special arrangements can be made but under no circumstances will we try to have a package arrive on a Saturday.

Orders in by 5pm Saturday will ship hopefully the next week but please note that sometimes it might take up to 1 week longer.

The babies travel first class via express mail in packaging specifically designed for shipping live tropical fish: cardboard box, styrofoam insulating container, heavy gauge plastic bags and pure oxygen. Of course heat packs are included in winter.

The mice type

Sorry folks, but a "lawyer/friend" told me if I didn't include some fine print in here, HE would sue me!

(wouldn't expect any LESS of him).

So here goes:

I have tried my best to provide accurate information on this website, and to the best of my knowledge the information presented herein is correct.

Please do not hold me liable for any consequences of using the information I present here.

Tilapia Vita Farms and make no representation about the suitability for any purpose of the information presented in this website.

All such information is presented "as is" without warranty of any kind.

Tilapia Vita Farms and hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to this information including all implied warranties.

In no event shall Tilapia Vita Farms or be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential, or any damages whatsoever resulting from, arising out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this website.

The information presented in this website could include technical inaccuracies and spelling errors! (trust me on that, Microsoft Office Live does not have a spell checker!).

At any time Tilapia vita farms and may make changes, additions and deletions to the information presented herein.

Live delivery warranty

I will do my very best to make sure your fish arrive alive!

I, however have no control over the delivery companies,or you.

I will email you as soon as I ship the package, and provide you with a tracking number.

You must be there ready to receive the package and sign for it. If the delivery person leaves it by your doorstep or if they take it back to the post office you've lost the warranty. Please note the condition of the package, if it is damaged or leaking open it and make sure the findings are documented by the delivery person. Have a camera ready to take photos immediately.

Open the bag and float it in your aquarium, even if the fish are all belly up and playing dead. 5 minutes later, release them. If 10 minutes later they are really dead, net them out, place them in a zip-lock bag, add a couple of table spoons of salt, shake to coat,  and place it in your freezer. Email me at that moment, including the photos you took.

(no more than 2 hours after the post office tracking says you signed for the package). I MAY ask you to mail me the remains back. I'll give you instructions then. In any case, I will replace the fatalities ONCE or issue you a credit towards future purchases but the shipping costs for the replacement order may be your responsibility (at my discretion).


In no case will Tilapia Vita Farms and issue cash refunds. At my discretion I may terminate any transaction by either replacing the fatalities once minus the cost of shipping, or by issuing a credit towards future purchases.

There, wheww! I have a headache now.

Attention copycats!

Yes, by the way, the content in this website may be copied, reproduced, etc, as long as it is done on a not for profit basis without my permission as long as credit is given to Edgar F. Sanchez and a link to is supplied.

For reproduction on a commercial basis, written permission must be first obtained from me.


Thank you all for all the pictures of your systems!

I must say the following, though. By sending me your pictures you are granting me unlimited license to use them in my website.

That means: Don't send me pictures of you and your girlfriend standing next to your tank if you don't want your WIFE to see them!.

Need we say more?