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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]
Diehard Hunter
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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]
catman529
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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]
scn
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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]
catman529
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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]
4onaside
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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]
catman529
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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]
jb3
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What scn said.
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