Introducing the tilapias

The tilapias are a group of African, freshwater herbivorous fish that care for their young. Their name is derived from an African Bushman word simply mean-ing fish. There are about 70 species, most of them native to western rivers of Africa. Their herbivorous diet, depend¬ing on the species, ranges from coarse vegetation, such as grasses and leaves of water weeds, to unicellular algae and bacteria. This article takes a brief look at a few species of Tilapia and its culture.

Growth and feed utilization of Oreochromis niloticus fingerlings fed with diets containing cassava peelings and mango seeds

The results are presented of trials conducted whereby cassava peel and mango seed were fed to Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus ) fingerlings. Findings indicate that these products may successfully be used as part of thediets of tilapia fingerlings, although further studies are required in order to determine the optimum proportions.

Foods and diets of communities involved in inland aquaculture in Malaita Province, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has a population of just over half a million people, most of whom are rural-based subsistence farmers and fishers who rely heavily on fish as their main animal-source food and for income. The nation is one of the Pacific Island Counties and Territories; future shortfalls in fish production are projected to be serious, and government policy identifies inland aquaculture development as one of the options to meet future demand for fish.

Flesh characteristics: estimation of genetic parameters and correlated responses to selection for growth rate in the GIFT strain

Genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) has undergone ten generations of selection for harvest body weight in Malaysia, but there have been no reports on genetic parameters for flesh characteristics for this strain. In this study the effects of selection for increased harvest body weight on flesh chemical composition (protein%, fat%, moisture% and pH) as well as in colour, were investigated in fillets from fish of the GIFT strain.

Effects of stocking density on production and economics of all-male tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) culture in a rain fed rice-fish ecosystem

Effects of stocking density on the growth, production, and economics of all-male tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) were investigated in a rain-fed rice-fish ecosystem for a period of 120 days. Fish were stocked at the rate of 4000, 5000, and 6000 ha-1 in treatments T1, T2, and T3, respectively. Water quality was suitable for fish culture. Significantly higher growth was observed in T1 as compared to other treatments. SGR ranged from 1.26 to 1.51. Survival varied between 79% and 88% with treatment T1 producing the highest survival.

Utilisation de Tithonia diversifolia et Chromolaena odorata comme fertilisants en étang de pisciculture du tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)=Use of Tithonia diversifolia and Chromolaena odorata as organic fertilisers

The effects of two common weedy grasses in sub-saharan Africa were evaluated as fertilisers in small-scale Nile tilapia ponds for 21 weeks.

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