Tilapia

In August of 2002 the Tilapia on the farm began with 5
females and 1 male purchased from a fish farm.  Today the
farm is home to 1,000's of tilapia ranging in size from
newborn to about 2 pounds.  When a female has babies
they are born in her mouth.  She stores them there for the
first few days of their lives as well.  A young female (a two
month old fish) will have around 50 babies at a time, while
an older fish can have 100's at one time.

We are currently selling all sizes, prices are determined by
the order request.  Please contact us for more information
on purchasing our tilapia.

Where do Tilapia come from?

Tilapia or St. Peter's fish, a spiny-finned freshwater fish of
the family Cichlidae, native chiefly to Africa and the Middle
East. Fish of the genera Oreochromis, Sarotherodon, and
Tilapia, all commonly known as tilapias, have laterally
compressed bodies like those of sunfish, are fast growing,
and tolerate brackish water. True tilapias are nest brooders,
but species of the other genera incubate their eggs orally;
one or both parents carry them in their mouths until (and for
a short period after) the young hatch. They are
economically important as food fishes, both in their native
regions and elsewhere, where they have been introduced or
are grown on fish farms. The Nile tilapia (Oreochromis
niloticus) may have been farmed in ancient Egypt, and the
most commercially important tilapia of aquaculture are
Oreochromis species and their hybrids. Tilapias have a
mild-tasting flesh, but the skin has a bitter flavor. Tilapias
are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum
Vertebrata, class Osteichthyes, order Perciformes, family
Cichlidae.

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