Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 15 of 15
  1. #11
    Members TMorgan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Albemarle, NC
    Posts
    41

    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Make an anonymous call and question the state wildlife or fisheries office. Our state guys in NC were very nice and helpful, they are strict about the type of Tilapia you can keep, meaning manly Nile because they can't handle the temps. But my Tilapia permit is suppose to be here this week, took about 3-4 weeks if it shows up on time. Good Luck!

  2. #12
    Members bcotton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    dallas, tx
    Posts
    138

    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Personoponics
    If only it was a bit easier to get fish already... I don't want to wait another 8 weeks to have the place I want to hold them inspected >_< If I wasn't right under the nose of the university, I'd consider just buying them outright now. Mehhhhh
    Have you considered starting the system with minnows? They will start adding ammonia to the system and start the cycling process. You could have a fairly well established sysetem by the time you add tilapia and then the minnows will get eaten.

    brian

  3. #13
    Members bsfman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cape Coral, FL
    Posts
    355

    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bcotton
    Quote Originally Posted by Personoponics
    If only it was a bit easier to get fish already... I don't want to wait another 8 weeks to have the place I want to hold them inspected >_< If I wasn't right under the nose of the university, I'd consider just buying them outright now. Mehhhhh
    Have you considered starting the system with minnows? They will start adding ammonia to the system and start the cycling process. You could have a fairly well established sysetem by the time you add tilapia and then the minnows will get eaten.

    brian
    The minnows will indeed start the ammonia cycling, but don't count on the tilapia eating them! I had a half dozen or so gambusia living in a fish tank with 150 large tilapia for over a year. They prospered and never once did a tilapia show any interest in eating them. Tilapia seem not to be highly piscivorous fish!

  4. #14
    Members bcotton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    dallas, tx
    Posts
    138

    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Meh, i've built four systems and 3 of them i started with minnows. The tilapia eventually eat the minnows. Sometimes they need to grow some first... They tend to try to taste anything that will fit into their mouths.

    Maybe they just didnt like the taste gambusia ?


    brian

  5. #15
    Moderator davidstcldfl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Saint Cloud FL USA
    Posts
    2,029

    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    I think the larger the tilapia, the less likely it'll eat a smaller fish. Of course, that's in an AP system where they are being fed a good quality feed, and enough of it.

    We have gambusias and wild Fl mollies at Sahib's. The adult gambusia are probably about 2-3 times larger then the adult mollies.
    I'm guessing bcotton's minnows are small like our mollies..?

    We have a 75 gallon glass tank with a half dozen adult breeders. There are 2 or 3 mollies in there. They've been in ther for the better part of a year. The tilapia don't seem interested in the mollies.
    It is funny when I feed them, the mollies are right up there with the tilapia, trying to get something to eat. If a molly gets eaten, it's most likely an accident... the little guy swam right into a tialpia's mouth...
    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - President Ronald Reagan

Similar Threads

  1. System Issues...any advice on IBC FT filling to GB??
    By AquaTex in forum The Welcome Lounge
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-21-2014, 10:50 AM
  2. Forum issues - Latest News
    By eddiemigue in forum Speak Up..!
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-26-2013, 04:55 AM
  3. Bell Siphon issues
    By flienlow in forum Want To Know HOW TO..?
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 09-04-2013, 04:27 AM
  4. Bell Siphon Issues
    By nickjacob in forum Aquaponics Knowhow
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-29-2013, 05:42 AM
  5. Tilapia buttikoferi, Zebra Tilapia
    By Shas in forum Tilapia
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-23-2011, 09:17 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •