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Tilapia joka

Thys van den Audenaerde, 1969

Tilapia joka -  - A fully grown Tilapia joka
A fully grown Tilapia joka
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(Other members of the genus Tilapia)




FOOD: Feed Tilapia joka live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Sierra Leone, Liberia

AQUARIUM CARE: A fairly non-aggressive cichlid that does well in a larger tank with plenty of hiding places, tough plants, and clear water

BREEDING: A cavity brooder requiring a larger cave

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Tilapia joka

A fully grown Tilapia joka

A fully grown Tilapia joka

Tilapia joka

breeding notes

BREEDING: A cavity brooder requiring a larger cave

Have you bred Tilapia joka? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?

This page summarises breeding reports provided by visitors to this site, along with some statistical analysis. Please feel free to contribute - whatever your experience!

1 breeder has filled in a breeding report, a summary of which is shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

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Would Tilapia joka be a good addition to a community tank?
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Tilapia joka?
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?
  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Tilapia joka? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Tilapia joka to keep and breed?
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Tilapia joka?
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful

Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavyBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 5
Other Comments: Need calm & room to breed in a community tank. Long & intensive parental care results in continuous pressure on tankmates (in a 1000 liters tank!). They also need big caves (always spawned in caves and never on open substrate in my tanks).
Date this record created: 1st August 2011Breeding date: 2011
Breeder: westafricaLocation: France

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