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My new aquarium pet

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I picked up this giant pair of bumble bee tilapia tonight.The male must be 5lbs easy.Now i can fish in my home:).500
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post #2 of 16
beautiful fish. The top picture reminds me of the sandworms from Beetlejuice.
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slapped tilapia

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How do you transport a fish of that size from where you got it to your tank? Very pretty fish there!
post #5 of 16
Do they farm raise Tilapia commercially?
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How do you transport a fish of that size from where you got it to your tank? Very pretty fish there!

a big rubber maid with battery air pumps.
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Do they farm raise Tilapia commercially?

yes but not this kind.
post #8 of 16
Cool looking fish.
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Do they farm raise Tilapia commercially?

Yep, one of the most commonly farmed fish. They do well in a tank/pen environment because they're basically shiteaters.
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Yep, one of the most commonly farmed fish. They do well in a tank/pen environment because they're basically shiteaters.

only certain tilapia are farm raised.This is not a common species.They are from west africa.They are extremely intelligent and aggressive aquarium fish. Aquarium owners find that they are very active and react to movements outside of the aquarium, including attempts to attack an "invader" through the glass of the tank. It is generally advised not to mix them with other fish, as they can be very aggressive, with few exceptions. They require tanks of at least 100 gallons, and temperatures of about 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit. They love all foods, and need frequent water changes because they are such big eaters.
post #11 of 16
Buttikofferi.....................

Had one for 12 years in an overly filtrated 55 (800 gph). He was getting a little too large for it. Became quite domesticated, especially after my wife started a wormfarm for him and hand fed him.

Nice fish, HFG!
post #12 of 16
It looks like convic ciclid. Not sure how to spell. I used to own a couple tanks. One fresh one salt. The way you talk, you could open a lovley pets!
post #13 of 16
very nice, you don't see those in the hobby too often any more (with good reason, as you know).
over the years, I've had more than a few show up at the stores I've worked in, usually in buckets with a "please take this beast" plea to go with it... but I almost never see them on avail. lists.
gonna try to breed them ?
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Buttis are big and nasty but they have great personality. I love those fish. What size tank are these guys in?
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Buttis are big and nasty but they have great personality. I love those fish. What size tank are these guys in?

365 gallon:)
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