The White Nile Tilapia, (Oreochromis niloticus) is a relatively large cichlid fish.
The White Nile Tilapia Adults reach up to 24 inches in length and up to 9.5 pounds. It lives for up to 9 years. It tolerates brackish water and survives in temperatures between 46 and 108 °F. They are fast-growing and give good fillets!
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.