The photo above is of a White Nile and does not accurately depict The Rocky Mt White.
Rocky Mt Whites have a very similar appearance to Blue Tilapia but lighter in color.
The Whites we are currently selling are 2" - 3" Rocky Mountain White Tilapia and are breed specifically for the food industry. They are very hardy, healthy and vibrant, produce large, delicious fillets and are also great for Aquaponics.
The White Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, is a relatively large cichlid fish. Adults reach up to 15 inches in length and up to 9.5 pounds. It lives for up to 9 years. It tolerates brackish (slightly salty) water and survives in temperatures between 53 and 108°F.
Tilapia serves as a natural biological control for most aquatic plant problems. Tilapia consume floating aquatic plants, such as duckweed watermeal, most "undesirable" submerged plants, and most forms of algae.
Tilapia rarely compete with other "pond" fish for food. Instead, because they consume plants and nutrients unused by other fish species and substantially reduce oxygen-depleting detritus, adding tilapia often increases the population, size and health of other fish.
Tilapia are commonly used with Aquaponics. Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Freshwater fish are the most common aquatic animal raised using aquaponics. In practice, tilapia are the most popular fish for home and commercial projects that are intended to raise edible fish.