Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)

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Mozambique Tilapia

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Mozambique Tilapia

Oreochromis mossambicus

379 Litres (100 US G.)

25.4-30.5cm (10-12 ")




7.5 - 8.2

10-30°C (50 -86 °F)

8-25 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-15 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Mozambique Tilapia, Mozambique Mouth Brooder, Mozzie Tilapia

Additional scientific names

Chromis dumerili, Chromis mossambicus, Tilapia dumerili, Tilapia mossambica, Sarotherodon mossambicus

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are charcoal with a white lower face and red fin edgings, females are lighter grey.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A large robust peaceful Cichlid that can be kept with many other similar sized peaceful or semi-aggressive fish. Although they won't go out to eat smaller fish, it may still be a risk to keep them with very small fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

An omnivorous fish that will accept pretty much anything including pellets, flake, blanched vegetables, live/frozen/jellied foods including bloodworm and shrimp and insects such as crickets and wingless fruit flies.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These fish are pretty unfussy with water conditions and very adaptable. They do best in brackish though, alkaline and a temperature 23.9-27.2°C (75-81°F) .

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful mouth-brooding Cichlid with plenty of character. Often bred as a food-fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A large oval Cichlid which iridescent grey-blue in colour, the males are dark grey, the females lighter. Males have a pronounced dished face and red edging to the fins.

Notes[edit | edit source]

This fish is notoriously prolific, and is more cold tolerant than its cousin the Nile Tilapia

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