The fish finally arrive. I got the PH set right and after about 2 weeks the water fully cycled. So I ordered my fish from TilapiaSource.com They are out of Missouri and I’m in Oklahoma so it was an easy overnight ship.
I acclimated the fish properly, in fact was probably more than cautious. The directions provided suggested a much faster method than I performed. However since the fish were expensive (actually shipping was more expensive than the fish) I decided to be cautious.
I’m finishing up this post a couple days after putting the fish in the tank and every day the fish are swimming around and eating well. High energy and look very healthy.
Originally I had read that tilapia can be fed floating catfish pellets just fine. However now I’ve read that while it’s fine to do so you really only do that as adults. As fingerlings you really need to be careful about what you feed them. They need high protein to prevent any stunted growth. The same company I ordered my fish from sells premium fish food for various stages in life. I decided to go ahead and play it safe and order their starter crumbles and their intermediate growth pellets. Once they become adults I’ll mostly be feeding them alternative foods such as Duckweeds, Black Soldier Fly Larvae and probably the floating catfish pellets.