Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Black Tilapia, Blue Kurper
Scientific name: Oreochromis mossambicus
The Mozambique Tilapia is a member of the Cichlid family, and is native to much of southern Africa. It can live in fresh or brackish water to depths of 20 meters, and primarily feeds on phytoplankton and algae. Tilapia is one of the world's most important farmed fish, and the Mozambique Tilapia has been introduced to many subtropical and tropical waters worldwide. It has been an important food fish since ancient Egypt. Tilapia is popular because of its large size, quick growth, and white meat.
I kept and bred over twenty pairs of this fish. They're food fish, raised for meat. I was interested in their breeding behavior. I did my undergrad work on their breeding cues. The fish are aggressive diggers. You find pairs excavate a large nest. The female will lay eggs in the nest. The male will immediately fertilize them. The eggs will be carried in her mouth until hatching. The fry swim around but will race to her mouth if started. It is an amazing experience to observe! .
From James Jan 11 2019 8:32PM
Copper works when dosed correctly
Copper sulfate is a heavy metal that when dosed correctly, kills Chilodonella. The idea is to kill the parasite and not harm the fish. Dosing is based on the alkalinity (carbonate hardness) of the water. Copper toxicity increases as carbonates decrease, so a lower dose is required in low-alkalinity water. Charts can be found online. You'll need a copper test kit and alkalinity test kit to dose in the best manner. Otherwise, follow the directions on the treatment label.Avoid chelated or complexed copper medications. They are not effective..
From James 30 days ago