Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)

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Nile Tilapia

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Oreochromis niloticus

76 Litres (20 US G.)

53.3-61cm (21-24 ")




7.5 - 8.2

4.4-30°C (40 -86 °F)

10-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

15-20 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Additional scientific names

Tilapia nilotica, Sarotherodon niloticus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Nile river basin down to central Africa, introduced populations worldwide.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males, and females are identical

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]


Diet[edit | edit source]

omnivorous; will eat a variety of food.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Very adaptable species; can tolerate even brackish conditions.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A very placid species that is incredibly prolific.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Standard type is grey; colour varieties have been bred.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Is a notoriously prolific species like its cousin the Mozambique Tilapia, although it is less cold tolerant than its said cousin.