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Mozambique Tilapia


Mozambique Tilapia – also known as
Oreochromis Mossambicus, Black Tilapia, and Blue Kurper – is an oreochromine cichilid fish native to southeastern Africa. Amazingly, these hardy fish often live as long as 10 years in their native habitats in southeastern Asia. Because of its adaptable nature, Mozambique Tilapia are popular with aquaculture and aquaponics enthusiasts.

Mozambique Tilapia are a dull green or yellow color, potentially with some weak banding. Adults can grow to 15 inches and weigh up to 2.4 pounds, though size and colors may vary depending on environment.

This fish is native to southeastern Africa, and is threatened there by the introduction of the Nile Tilapia. It readily adapts to available food sources and can breed even in less-than-favorable conditions. It is primarily found in fresh and brackish waters, but can live in salt water and even in hypersaline conditions with salinity up to three times that of sea water. It is considered an invasive species in many parts of the world.

Mozambique Tilapia are often crossbred with other Tilapia species because pure-bred Mozambiques grow more slowly and have a body shape less well suited to cutting large fillets. On the plus side, hybrids between certain parent combinations can result in offspring that are all or predominantely male. Additionally, Mozambique Tilapia are resistant to a wide variety of water quality issues and pollution levels. In captivity, Mozambique Tilapia have been taught to feed themselves with demand feeders and, in commercial breeding operations, often jump out of the water for food. Typically, this breed of Tilapia inhabits waters that range from 63° to 95
° F.

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