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#2995398 - 10/23/12 02:59 PM Tilapia minimum water temperature?
Crosshairy
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At what point do stocked tilapia start doing poorly in water?

A friend of mine had them stocked in his pond for weed control without realizing (or being told, apparently) that they don't live through the winter. I was wondering when I should plan on driving out to scoop them up before they all die off \:\)
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#2995528 - 10/23/12 04:12 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: Crosshairy]
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50-52 degrees is lethal for most tilapia.

https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/getFactSheet/whichfactsheet/53/
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#2995564 - 10/23/12 04:32 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Crosshairy
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Sweet - looks like next week's cool spell might mean I can fill up a bucket with half-dead stupefied fish \:\)
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#2996139 - 10/23/12 10:16 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: Crosshairy]
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wish I knew of a pond around here I could take some tilapia from. They are either stocked in blue-dyed neighborhood ponds full of lawn runoff, or the city pond that is fed by effluent water from the sewage plant across the river. I would love to take me some fresh tilapia but haven't got a good source. Need a pool in my backyard to raise them next summer \:D
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#2996161 - 10/23/12 10:31 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: catman529]
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Hoping to have my aquaculture system at school up and running by December so I can have a late may harvest of tilapia.

Hoping is the key word...
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#2996181 - 10/23/12 10:55 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: JandSCattleCo]
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Tilapia from a good water source are good to eat. However, I find myself going other directions after reading that a lot of tilapia are imported from overseas where they are raised in raceways positioned under chicken cages wehre they can feed on the dropped chicken feed and chicken shyt that falls through. They can live in some pretty nasty environments.
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#2996193 - 10/23/12 11:23 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: scn]
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 Originally Posted By: scn
Tilapia from a good water source are good to eat. However, I find myself going other directions after reading that a lot of tilapia are imported from overseas where they are raised in raceways positioned under chicken cages wehre they can feed on the dropped chicken feed and chicken shyt that falls through. They can live in some pretty nasty environments.
I have heard the farm raised tilapia is bad stuff too. But when they stock fry/fingerlings into a local pond, if the pond is clean enough, I say they are good to eat. I might hit one of the neighborhood ponds when the water gets cold, a few couldn't hurt. Wouldn't be as bad as store bought tilapia. The restaurant I work at (and probably most others) gets tilapia from Sysco/Portico seafoods and they are labeled as a product of china. big red flag right there....
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#2996495 - 10/24/12 08:43 AM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: catman529]
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Great scott guys, they are great eating! I don't give a flip where they come from. Unless, they glow in the dark, I wouldn't get in a tizzy about their being from poluted waters. Bet yall think nothing of eating fish from the Tennessee river. lol
I'd as soon eat them from wherever as a catfish from all of the mainstream Tn river sewage treatment plants.
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#2996633 - 10/24/12 09:56 AM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: 4onaside]
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^ but I really dont trust what goes into the water and those fish that come mysteriously from China....
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#2996640 - 10/24/12 10:05 AM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: catman529]
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What scn said.
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#2996656 - 10/24/12 10:16 AM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: jb3]
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After watching dirty jobs with mike rowe.. I would not eat one.. PERIOD...LOL...
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#2996876 - 10/24/12 12:47 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: pressfit]
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Depends on the strain of tilapia you have. Some will start getting lethargic and "net catchable" at 62-65degrees. Others can tolerate it much better, but once you get below 55, most will be gone.

Whoever sold your buddy those fish should be kicked in the rear. Very poor management advice, not the tilapia, but the person who sold'em to him.
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#2997449 - 10/24/12 06:26 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: rukiddin?]
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An internet article today states that tilapia from China are now being raised on pig manure.

Sound appetizing?
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#2997595 - 10/24/12 07:46 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: scn]
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When they first hit the market i had some good tasting fish,then about 3-4 years ago they started tasting muddy so i quit buying them,glad i did now
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#2997596 - 10/24/12 07:47 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: scn]
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 Originally Posted By: scn
An internet article today states that tilapia from China are now being raised on pig manure.

Sound appetizing?
Doesn't sound any worse than catfish below Chicamauga dam! lol
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#3002043 - 10/27/12 03:17 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: 4onaside]
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Really I just prefer not knowing where they come from. They taste good. I mean catfish eat the same or worse stuff. I'll eat them any day everyday.
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#3002981 - 10/28/12 07:36 AM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: Inkstainz]
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Are there studies that show risk's involved with eating talapia raised on Chicken/Pig manure.
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#3005769 - 10/29/12 01:04 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: trealtree]
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So I went out to my friend's pond in Hardeman County on Saturday morning. It was COLD outside, but of course the weather has been pretty warm all the way up until Friday, so I thought I had picked a decent time. We got some cold rain, which I assumed would have "shocked" the lake and helped push the water temps down.

I have no idea what the actual water temperature was (didn't bring a thermometer), but I saw zero tilapia - swimming or dead.

I guess that means that they either already died and were eaten, or were still toughing it out at the deep end of the lake and avoiding the shallows.

What do you guys think? Is it worth driving an hour and 20 minutes back out there to check again, or give it up as a lost cause? After this week of cool weather, I think there's probably almost no chance of them making it through the next weekend.
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#3005771 - 10/29/12 01:05 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: rukiddin?]
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 Originally Posted By: rukiddin?
Depends on the strain of tilapia you have. Some will start getting lethargic and "net catchable" at 62-65degrees. Others can tolerate it much better, but once you get below 55, most will be gone.

Whoever sold your buddy those fish should be kicked in the rear. Very poor management advice, not the tilapia, but the person who sold'em to him.


I agree - I couldn't believe that he had no idea about that.

But it makes me wonder how cheaply he came by them. Given that they are a popular food fish, I can't imagine that the tilapia option was more economically favorable than a bunch of fathead minnows or something.
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#3006036 - 10/29/12 03:19 PM Re: Tilapia minimum water temperature? [Re: Crosshairy]
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^^I personally like tilapia for ponds. More and more, there is a larger market for tilapia from a pond management stance than a "eating fish".
They reproduce rapidly and quickly after stocking, the fry will offer excellent forage for largemouth bass and even bluegills, and they will take some pressure off the bluegill pop if your bass have been taking a toll on'em, they can also keep aquatic plants under control, they are a great addition to those looking for something different in their ponds (ie..fishing opportunities)Plus, although they are a non-native/exotic species, the intolerance to cold temps makes them a very viable option for pond management. Also, they can get very large in the course of a summer. I have seen 1/4lb fish reach 3 lbs in <4 months.
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