Tilapia mariae

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Nigeria, Cameroon
Length : 35 cm - 14"
Min. length aquarium : 250 cm - 100"
English name : Spotted Tilapia
This fish is rather intolerant to species of their own kind and to other species as well.  You should keep them as a pair together with other fishes of the same size.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots. Plants can not be used for decoration because they think it is food, and during breeding time they dig a lot in the substrate.  A sandy substrate is appreciated.  A territory is made and they defend it fanatic.

You should give them mainly vegetable food such as spinach and lettuce.  Live and dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 2000 eggs are laid and fertilized under a stone.  After 2 days the larvae are moved to a breeding pit.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.  Both parents care for the fry.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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