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, Blue Kurper

Additional scientific names

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


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

Tank compatibility[edit]

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.


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]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

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) .


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


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.


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


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