Nothing compares with the "giant" tilapia grown wild in the lakes of Occidental Mindoro when I was there for two summer camps while in college. I called them giants because they were huge compared to the tilapia we used to buy while I was in high school in Metro Manila. Once in while, I buy tilapia at the Asian store here in Boston, while they taste better tjam the tilapia I had in high school, the raste does not compare with the wild tilapia I had eaten while in Mindoro.
These days most tilapia sold in the market are grown in fish ponds. The black Nile tilapia has become a staple in Filipino diet. It is cheaper than pork or beef and even chicken meat. The videos introduce the Red Tilapia, right now grown mostly in Taal Lake in fish cages.
Red Tilapia Culture in Taal Lake Part 1
Red tilapia commands a better price than the black Nile tilapia primarily because of its color like some of the more sought after fish caught from the sea. Proponents of red tilapia claims other advantages over the black Nile tilapia:
- faster growth (5 months vs 6 months)
- more efficient feed conversion than the black Nile tilapia (5 bags vs 10 bags)
- may be grown in salt and fresh water
- less fish kill
- resistant to diseases
- more docile and not agitated during harvesting
- commands better price than the black Nile tilapia
- sold as fresh fish
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