Tilapia

Why Tilapia?

Aquaponics which has become a very popular way of gardening and Tilapia are the fish of choice for many reasons. They grow very fast, can tolerate hot summer months in relatively smaller containers, a good food source and a great source of fish waste.  Tilapia are one of the best producers of fresh fertilizer by way of their waste.

Other Types of Pond Fish For Sale

We no longer carry Tilapia, but here are 3 great alternatives you can choose:

  • Goldfish for sale
  • Koi for sale
  • Albino Catfish

Goldfish for your pond

These pond fish can survive in your pond through the winter months in zones 7-10. All others it is recommend to bring them in doors when the temperatures get below 35 degrees. Goldfish can eat pellet food and do not have any more needs than Koi or any other pond fish for sale. Clean filtered pond water with a pump running 24 hours a day is recommended.

Most Goldfish can be kept alone or in combination with Koi, Butterfly Koi and other types of Goldfish. However, take care when mixing large Koi and Butterfly Koi with small Sarasa Fantail Goldfish. If you have any questions about Goldfish care please call
Sunland Water Gardens at 818-353-5131

Koi for you pond

Koi for Ponds come in many types, some are: Ki Utsuri, Asagi, Shusui, Matsuba, Platinum Ogon, Yamabuji Ogon, Kikusui, Kikokuryu, Taisho Sanke.

Shusui are the scaleless (doitsu) version of Asagi. Their blue net pattern is replaced by a single row of scales along the dorsal line at the top of the back.

Asagi are the Koi that you may often think of when you here Koi, commonly seen among tattoos of koi, the fish for ponds, they have the blue net-like displayed on their back with orange or red fins and belly, like Shusui do.

Created by crossing a Doitsugoi with an Asagi, the Shusui was one of the first Doitsu varieties of Nishikigoi. Shusui have a bold line of navy scale on the back with a bright orange or red belly like the Asagi. Shusui that have red color up to the dorsal line are called Hi Shusui.

Albino Catfish

Also known as Gold Channel Catfish, are yellow skinned, red eyed. Like their cousins they have sharp barbs that can cut if touched.

Catfish are a good addition to a pond as they will eat anything that falls to the bottom of the pond helping to keep it clean. Catfish will also learn to eat floating fish pellet that other pond fish eat. It is fun to see the vacuum like mouth sweeping the top of the water to get their food.

These are all great fish types for your pond to choose as an alternative or to replace the need of Tilapia. Looking for fish for your pond?

You’ve come to the right place.

For more on Pond Fish Care please call
Sunland Water Gardens at 818-353-5131


The Mozambique variety of Tilapia are native to South Africa.

This species has become very important to agriculture in tropical and subtropical areas around the Globe. They are gray to olive above; dull yellow to gray-green on side; yellow below. Young have 6-8 black bars on side. Breeding males are mostly black, often with mottling or an iridescent blue tinge; throat and cheeks conspicuously white; dorsal fin black with red border; caudal fin with red distal border; pectoral fins red; with blue upper lip.

Tilapia are omnivorous

Tilapia are omnivorous and feed mostly on planktonic algae and other aquatic plants. They also will consume aquatic insects and isopods. They will also thrive on 32 percent protein or better fish food.

This species can withstand water temperatures up to 105 degrees. But will often die off in water below 53 degrees.  One of the most adaptable fish species among all fish. They are very tolerant of very low dissolved oxygen levels. This species can live in salt, brackish or fresh water and are now found across the globe in subtropical climates.

They usually obtain weights of 2 ½ pounds in the first year of growth. In lakes where water remains warm 5 pound fish are common. The average life span is 11 years but they are of an eatable size in as little as 6 months.

This species will reproduce continually in water with temperatures above 68 degrees. They are maternal mouth-brooders, carrying fertilized eggs in the mouth. Which means that the female will hold the eggs in her mouth until they hatch. A male will establish a territory which if a willing female approaches he will circle. The female releases numerous eggs, then turns and collects them in her mouth, as well as the milt deposited by the male; thus fertilizing the eggs. This act is repeated until 100-400 eggs are laid, the number depending on size of the female. Once spawning is complete the female is chased out of the territory by the male, who proceeds to court other females. For the next 11-12 days, the female will incubate the eggs while remaining hidden. At the end of the incubation period, the female releases the swimming larvae from her mouth. For 4-8 days, the young remain near the female in a school, and will return to her mouth or cluster around her head when threatened.

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If you have any questions about other Pond Fish, Koi For Sale, Gold Fish For Sale, Tilapia for sale or have questions about getting the right pond fish for your pond or aquaponics garden, please visit our full service Pond Supply store or call Sunland Water Gardens @ 818-353-5131

Alternative Pond Fish Recommendations: Koi, Albino Catfish or Goldfish
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Source: Sunland Water Gardens
Author: Jacklyn Rodman
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2 Responses to "Tilapia"

  1. Hello,

    This is Ivan, I want to buy about 200 baby tilapia for my pond. Could you give me a quote? Thanks.

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