If you have been visiting Survive2balive for a while then you know we have a backyard tilapia farming project ongoing. We started the project in March of this year and so far we have had some really good success. In case you have missed any of the posts, here’s the links to the two previous articles:
Backyard Tilapia Farming (Part 1):
Backyard Tilapia Farming (Part 2):
Approximately two weeks ago another generation (about 40) of baby tilapia was discovered in the pool. This latest addition to the stock means that we are now have 5 to 6 generations of tilapia that have been produced since we started the project. We estimate that we currently have somewhere in the area of 150 to 200 fish. This is amazing considering we started out with a mere six back in March!
These new additions were scooped out of the pond and transferred into the inside aquarium. We have found it necessary to relocate the babies out of the pool because the more mature tilapia, especially the middle generations, like to turn the little guys into an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. These fish are very aggressive eaters.
Every now and then we will catch a couple of the tilapia in the pool to see what type of progress is being made. Yesterday, I decided to grab an ultra-light spinner and catch a few. After catching a few smaller size fish
(probably generation 2 or 3) I hooked into what we believe was one of the original fish. It was big. I have posted a picture of the fish from yesterday along with a fish I caught in the pool earlier.last month The bottom line is that the tilapia are growing very nicely and reproducing at a really good rate. Other than the fish eating babies, we have not lost a single fish due to disease or environmental factors. I will keep posting updates…expect the next one to be that of some grilled tilapia!
- Tilapia In My Backyard? (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Backyard Tilapia Farming (part 1) (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Backyard Tilapia Farming (part 2) (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)