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Tilapia fingerlings and tilapia breeding colonies

Stop - understand what you are buying!

We strongly recommend that you read our sections on Fingerling Grading and Tilapia Fingerlings to understand your choices. Tilapia are not clones of each other and fingerlings are available in three different grades.

Tilapia fingerlings are not created equally! All of our tilapia fingerlings are organically raised, right here in our own hatchery, using 100% organic Spirulina and other high quality algaes. During their first few weeks of development, each of our fingerlings is evaluated and graded according to its individual rate of growth. When you buy tilapia fingerlings from Lakeway Tilapia, you can choose from three different grades to suit your needs. We are the only hatchery, open to the public, that offers graded tilapia fingerlings to both commercial and non-commercial farmers.

Why buy from Lakeway Tilapia?

Free replacement for 30 days! Even if you kill them on purpose!*
Lifetime telephone technical support on all tilapia purchases.
We will beat any other hatchery's advertised price.
Guaranteed live arrival without conditions.
Truly free shipping - we pay all costs!

Our commitment to purity

All of our tilapia fingerlings are raised indoors, away from disease-carrying insects and birds. All plastics used are white food-grade and BPA free. We do not use black or blue plastics. Our breeding colonies and fingerlings are kept in glass aquariums and ultraviolet sterilizers are used to keep their environment sanitary. Our water is sourced from our own wells and tested for purity before being introduced to our tilapia. We do not use hormones or feed genetically modified food to our fingerlings and all of our tilapia are independently inspected to be disease free.

Pure strain Blue tilapia for sale

From the River Jordan in the Middle East to the Lower Nile River in Africa, Blue tilapia have been fished and farmed for thousands of years. In South Africa, it is called a Blue Kurper, and in the north you might hear it referred to as an Israeli Tilapia. However, around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), it is best known as St. Peter's Fish, named after the Bible story of Apostle Peter, who was instructed by Jesus to look into the mouth of the first fish that he caught for a coin to pay the temple tax. We are very proud of the fact that we have obtained genetically pure lines of this culturally significant fish.

Blue tilapia is one of only two species that make economic sense for fish farms in most of the United States. Due to their excellent cold water tolerance, down to 47º, Blue tilapia require less energy to keep warm, saving money for the tilapia farmer.

Live pure strain Blue tilapia for sale.
Scientific name: Oreochromis aureus
Water type: Fresh or Brackish.
Normal temperature range: 60º F to 86º F
Maximum temperature: 106º F
Minimum temperature: 47º F
Minimum breeding temperature: 68º F
Normal breeding temperature: 80º F
Optimal breeding pH level: 8.0
Feed: Purina Aquamax or Duckweed.
Largest on record: 24" at 9.6 pounds.

Pure strain Blue tilapia fingerlings

Our organically raised food grade Blue tilapia fingerlings are ready for grow-out and average in size from one inch to two inches long. They will grow to over one pound and will be ready for harvesting in approximately seven months. Blue tilapia are recommended for all fish farming purposes and are the only tilapia that can be raised economically anywhere in the US due to their natural tolerance to colder water temperatures.

Well sell 10 tilapia for as low as $29 with free shipping! Be sure to explore each drop down list to find the quantity and price that's right for you.

Food grade Blue tilapia fingerlings with 30 day replacement plan* and free shipping
Expect an average fingerling length of one inch or more.
Free shipping on pure strain blue tilapia fingerlings.

Food grade Blue tilapia fingerlings with free shipping
Expect an average fingerling length of one inch or more.
Free shipping on pure strain blue tilapia fingerlings.

As a result of the grading process, our food grade fingerlings are predominantly male.


Aquaponics grade Blue tilapia with free shipping
Expect an average fish length of just under one inch.
Free shipping on pure strain blue tilapia fingerlings.

Aquaponics grade are specifically selected for aquaponics systems. The tilapia can still be eaten, but their staggered growth rate helps to maintain nitrifying colonies for healthy plant growth.


Pond grade Blue tilapia with free shipping
Expect an average fish length of under 1/2 of an inch.
Free shipping on pure strain blue tilapia fingerlings.

Pond grade are specifically selected for algae control. These predominantly female tilapia have been selected for their slow growth rate. This keeps nuisance vegetation such as algae, water meal and duckweed as their primary dietary choice much longer. We recommend 1000 pond grade tilapia per surface acre for algae eradication.


Aquaponics point: You can put 73 pounds of tilapia in a 275 gallon IBC tote and 88 pounds in a 330 gallon tote. You'll find quantities of 70 and 85 tilapia, intended for these tote sizes, in the drop down lists above.

For quantities greater than 1000, our hatchery services are a more economical option. Hatchery service customers pay a nominal fee to have us raise tilapia on their behalf. Their fingerlings are graded according their needs, and shipped on a schedule of their choosing. There are no long term commitments, and best of all the fingerlings are free. Visit our hatchery services page for more information.

Pure strain Blue tilapia breeding colonies

A Blue tilapia breeding colony consists of six tilapia: five females and one male. They are normally between three and four inches long and can be kept in a 55 gallon aquarium. These are the same highly active breeding tilapia that we use in our hatchery. We only form our colonies from food grade tilapia in an effort to help increase the odds of faster growing offspring.

As it is with all animals in the natural world, only the fittest get to pass on their genes. In the tilapia world, only the most aggressive males get to mate, and only the most accommodating females are up to the task. Wimpy males and alpha females make terrible breeders. Every colony that we ship is formed from tilapia that have displayed the behaviors that indicate a genetic propensity to spawn.

The prices below include free shipping. A $108 value per breeding colony!

Pure strain Blue tilapia breeding colonies
Free shipping on pure strain blue tilapia breeder colonies.
 

Buyer be aware: Two breeding males, if they both possess the propensity to spawn, will focus on killing each other until one is dead. In nature, only the alpha male gets to pass on his genetic material. The only response to a breeding colony that consists of 2 males and 4 females is that one (or both) of the males is just a submissive male taking up space and possibly even interrupting breeding. Please read our tilapia breeding guide for more information.

Also, the tilapia in a breeding colony are only worth about one dollar each. When you purchase a colony from Lakeway Tilapia, you buying a professional service to select and evaluate a proper breeding colony, which can take a couple of weeks.

If you need several tilapia breeding colonies to meet your needs, consider using our hatchery services as an alternative. Chances are, we can produce a greater number of fingerlings at a fraction of the cost.

Pure strain Blue tilapia fry

Our un-sorted Blue tilapia fry are between 1/4" and 3/4" long depending on their age. These are the exact same un-sorted fry being sold as "fingerlings" on every other Internet tilapia dealer's website for about 30% less after you add in their "shipping charges".

Un-sorted Blue tilapia fry with free shipping
Expect a fry length of between 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch.
Free shipping on pure strain blue tilapia fry.
 

Important point: Do not confuse un-sorted tilapia fry with pond grade. Although they share a similar shipping size and price, they are very different from each other. Pond grade have already been sorted from their faster growing siblings, whereas un-sorted fry have not been sorted at all. In other words, you will get a mix of all three grades.

If you need more than 1000 tilapia, then buying on a per-fish basis might be the wrong approach. Normally, people who need more than 1000 fry get them for free as part of our hatchery services.

Wami hybrid tilapia for sale

News: Lakeway Tilapia has been recognized by Mike Sipe as an authorized hatchery for the 2016 version of the Sipe's Hornorum and Sipe's Mozambique. These are vastly superior to the previous version offered elsewhere and can grow to one pound in only 120 days, or reach 2.2 pounds in the same amount of time that it took the previous version to reach 20 ounces.

This amazing tilapia hybrid is the result of crossing a Mozambique (Oreochromis mossambicus) with a Wami (Oreochromis urolepis hornorum), both of which were selectively bred for their body shape. Due to the genetics of their Wami father, which affects their natural levels of testosterone, these hybrids develop naturally as predominantly-male tilapia fingerlings. These Wami hybrids are the fastest growing tilapia... period. They can grow from fingerling to over a pound in just 120 days using oxygen enrichment and controlled feeding. This hybrid also inherits an improved body form which yields more edible filet per pound than any other tilapia.

Even though the Wami hybrid tilapia is not cold water tolerant, it is still recommended for farming in the United States due to its very rapid growth rate, and higher filet yield. The result is less energy being utilized to keep pond water above 60º F, which translates into lower production costs tilapia farmer.

Live Wami hybrid tilapia for sale.
Scientific: Oreochromis urolepis hornorum
Water type: Fresh or Brackish.
Normal temperature range: 70º F to 96º F
Maximum temperature: 106º F
Minimum temperature: 60º F
Minimum breeding temperature: 68º F
Breeding temperature: 80º F
Optimal breeding pH level: 8.0
Feed: Purina Aquamax.

Grower tip: The High Springs Hybrid™ is very new, and feeding rates have not been established. For grow-out, we suggest feeding two percent of their body weight per day when they reach six inches in length, while continually monitoring the total dissolved solids using a reliable TDS meter. Increase the feed rate slowly until there is a noticeable rise in TDS indicating uneaten food or an over-burdened filtration system.

Wami hybrid tilapia fingerlings

Our Wami hybrid tilapia, also known as the High Springs Hybrid™, are grow-out ready and range in size from one half inch fry to two inch long tilapia fingerlings depending on their age. In commercial aquaculture systems, they can grow to a 20 ounce harvest size in as little as 120 days, or up to 34 ounces in 34 weeks. These hybrids are recommended for commercial fish farming purposes only. Our Wami hybrid tilapia fingerlings are predominantly-male.

Food grade all-male Wami hybrid tilapia fingerlings with free shipping
Wami hybrids are nearly all food grade and do not need to be graded when they reach one inch long. Expect a fish length of between one half inch to one and one half inches.
Free shipping on Wami hybrid tilapia fingerlings.
 

While there is a growing interest in small numbers of Wami hybrid fingerlings by home tilapia farmers and aquaponic growers, they are primarily produced for customers of our commercial hatchery services. If you are interested in acquiring more than a few hundred of these fingerlings, give us a call and we'll reserve extra for you.

Note: The whole point of predominantly-male Wami hybrids is a fast-growing food grade tilapia. Which is why we don't offer them in any other grade.

Wami hybrid tilapia breeding colonies

Our Wami hybrid tilapia breeding colonies consists of one High Back™ Hornorum (Wami) tilapia (Oreochromis urolepis hornorum) male and five High Back Orange™ Mozambique (Oreochromis mossambicus) females, all of which are improvements of the pure strains. Breeding tilapia are between three and four inches long and can be kept in a 55 gallon aquarium. Wami hybrid tilapia breeding colonies are required for commercial hatchery operations only. They produce the very fast-growing and predominantly-male tilapia fingerlings known as the High Springs Hybrid.

The prices below include free shipping. A $108 value per breeding colony!

Wami Hybrid Tilapia Breeding Colony
Free shipping on wami tilapia breeding colonies.

Wami hybrid breeding colonies require a little more precision than Blue or Nile breeding colonies. Lucky for you, Lakeway Tilapia offers lifetime telephone technical support to all of our customers.

Wami Hybrid tilapia fry

Wami hybrid tilapia fry in the 1/4 to 1/2 inch range are available by special order only. This is due to their rate of growth and the short amount of time that they are in their fry stage. Call us if you are interested in our High Springs Hybrid fry.

Pure strain Nile tilapia for sale

Nile tilapia have been farmed in ponds for at least three thousand four hundred years. We know this because of wall paintings found in the tomb of Nebamun, a wealthy Egyptian, dating back to 1350 BC. As the name suggests, Nile tilapia are native to the relatively warm and shallow waters of the Nile River and its tributaries. Tilapia are farmed more than any other fish in the world, and the vast majority are Nile tilapia. However, this popularity has more to do with the choices of fish farmers in the tropics, than any consumer comparison. In the United States, Nile tilapia are only suggested for indoor ponds and tilapia farming along the gulf coast and the Florida peninsula.

One big advantage that Nile tilapia have over every other farmed species is an excellent tolerance to low dissolved oxygen content. Nile tilapia can survive in low oxygen conditions down to 3 ppm, whereas a Blue tilapia can't handle less than 7 ppm. This makes them excellent candidates farming in earthen ponds with lots of decomposing organic material and oxygen consuming phytoplankton.

Educate Yourself: There is no such thing as a "White Nile" or a "Red Nile". These are nothing more than improperly named hybrid mixes of multiple species. Have a look at our tilapia farming myths page for more information and other fun facts. The Nile tilapia that we sell are the result of millions of years of evolution. They are pure strain and provide very predictable results.

Live pure strain Nile tilapia for sale.
Scientific name: Oreochromis nilotilcus
Water type: Fresh or Brackish.
Normal temperature range: 70º F to 91º F
Maximum temperature: 108º F
Minimum temperature: 60º F
Minimum breeding temperature: 68º F
Breeding temperature: 80º F
Optimal breeding pH level: 8.0
Feed: Purina Aquamax or Duckweed.

Pure strain Nile tilapia fingerlings

Our Nile tilapia fingerlings are grow-out ready and range in size from one inch to two inches long. They have been organically raised on Spirulina and algae. They will grow to about one pound and be ready for harvesting in approximately seven months. Nile tilapia are only recommended for indoor fish farming purposes and along the gulf coast and southern coastal regions due to their less-than-desireable tolerance for cold water. Nile tilapia fingerlings are sold as mixed-sex with equal numbers of males and females.

Well sell 10 tilapia for as low as $29 with free shipping! Be sure to explore each drop down list to find the quantity and price that's right for you.

Food grade Nile tilapia fingerlings with 30 day replacement plan* and free shipping
Expect an average fingerling length of one inch or more.
Free shipping on pure strain Nile tilapia fingerlings.

Food grade Nile tilapia fingerlings with free shipping
Expect an average fingerling length of one inch or more.
Free shipping on pure strain Nile tilapia fingerlings.

Aquaponics grade Nile tilapia with free shipping
Expect an average fish length of just under one inch.
Free shipping on pure strain Nile tilapia fingerlings.

Pond grade Nile tilapia with free shipping
Expect an average fish length of under 1/2 of an inch.
Free shipping on pure strain Nile tilapia fingerlings.

If you need more than 1000 Nile tilapia fingerlings, it would be more economical for you use our hatchery services and get your fingerlings for free.

Pure strain Nile tilapia breeding colonies

A Nile tilapia breeding colony consists of six tilapia: five females and one male. They are between three and four inches long and can be kept in a 55 gallon aquarium. We put these colonies together using the very same pure strain food grade juveniles that we use at our hatchery. Some people would argue that Nile tilapia breeding colonies are the easiest to work with because their poor water quality tolerance is more forgiving to inattentive fish keepers.

The prices below include free shipping and handling. A $108 value per colony!

Pure strain Nile tilapia breeding colonies
Free shipping on pure strain nile tilapia breeder colonies.
 

Setting up your own hatchery and taking care of several breeding colonies is one way to keep your tilapia farm stocked with fish. Another way is to focus on your grow out while we do all the work for you. If you like doing it yourself, and need more than two Nile tilapia breeding colonies, give us a call.

Pure strain Nile tilapia fry

Nile tilapia fry are between 1/4 of an inch 3/4 of an inch long and only a few weeks old. These are the exact same un-sorted fry being sold as fingerlings on every other Internet tilapia site for a lot less after you add in their shipping costs. Just be aware that these are un-sorted, so about 30 percent of them won't grow to a harvestable size and about 70% of them wolud be considered inferior for commercial production.

Un-sorted Nile tilapia fry with free shipping
Expect a fry length of between 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch.
Free shipping on pure strain Nile tilapia fry.

How to acclimate new tilapia

Every week, we get calls from anxious new aquaculturists asking how their tilapia will be shipped, and if there is anything that they should do when their fish arrive. We put this video together to show you what to expect, and how to acclimate your new tilapia to their new environment.

Video note: This video represents just one shipping method. Specific instructions for the shipping method used for your order will be emailed to you.