There is only one grade of these tilapia as the lesser grades have no value. The point of these hybrids is to grow as fast as possible to harvest weight. They are the best choice for aquaculture specific systems. Whether commercial or private. Commercial clients looking to purchase more than 400 fingerlings should contact us about our hatchery service as it is more economical. It does not take long to get these to fingerling stage.
If you are using an IBC tote system to grow tilapia you can put 73 pounds in a 1000L (275 Gallon) tote and 88 pounds in a 1200L (330 Gallon) tote. You will likely harvest at 1 – 1.5 lbs so calculate your fingerlings accordingly. Most customers choose to harvest at 1lb so if you are not sure you can use this as a starting point. Remember, you need to have a filtration system capable of handling the load of this many fish. The numbers provided are recommended stocking densities per tote assuming you have proper filtration.
For customers using a home built aquaponics/aquaculture system we recommend 1 pound per 4-5 gallons of water. This is what the filtration system can handle on an average DIY system. Other retailers will tell you that 1 pound per 2-3 gallons is a good starting point because they want to sell you more fish. You will like the sounds of that because you want as many fish as possible in your system. But you will struggle to keep a healthy system or worse yet you actually lose them due to overstocking. IF you have a very good system with excellent filtration then you can keep stock at higher stocking densities but I don’t recommend it unless you have the necessary experience to maintain a system like this.
Many people ask me about the license required to purchase Tilapia in Canada and if they need it. Yes you need it.
- You can go here for all Alberta licensing. Other provinces google Commercial fish licence “Your Provence”.
- If you are from Alberta and want to buy Tilapia for personal use you need a recreational license. Recreational licenses are $10 per year or $50 for a five-year period. Getting the license is very easy. Click here for the application.
- If you are from Alberta and want to buy and sell live Tilapia you need a Commercial license.