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Tilapia Farming at Home


“I currently have in my backyard, a facility that I designed and built myself, that is capable of producing about 2000 pounds of tilapia per year. That is over 38 pounds of fish per week!

“These are the 500 gallon pools; the big 5000 gallon tank and the 400 gallon ‘catch of the day’ tank are on the other side of the storage sheds. Check out the tomato plants on the left, the fruit bearing banana in the center, and the papaya right in front of it. What you don’t see are the red onions, the pineapple, the chilli peppers, the red and green bell peppers, the thyme, parsley, greek oregano, sugar cane, and cilantro plants. Outside I have Mandarin oranges, Valencia oranges, grapefruit, Japanese plum, cassava (yuca), and blackberry plants.”

Go to the web site of Edgar F. Sanchez, Orlando, Florida; owner of Tilapia Vita Farms.


1 Patti { 09.13.10 at 12:53 pm }

I love it! Beautifully done! Do you need to heat the water?

2 emmanuel { 01.29.11 at 8:17 am }

am in Ghana west Africa and will want to know more about your tilapia farming equipment.

3 Dolf Scholtz { 02.21.11 at 4:30 am }

I like your design, the only ptoblem for me now is to get the kind af tilapia you have o I from South Africa

4 Jeremiah Smith { 05.29.11 at 7:12 pm }

Good job!! I am about to start farming soon, we are going to grow fruits and veggies soon. using ebb and flow aquaponics.
if you were to sell some (live) fish how much would you want?
I live in So. California.

5 uli ramos { 11.08.11 at 4:42 am }

aloha from hawaii …great sistem happy to see more of this proyects been done

6 June { 07.02.12 at 6:10 pm }

What do you think the climate in California? Is it possible to do the same as yours? Thanks..

7 Joao { 08.13.12 at 5:10 am }

Do you give tours in your facility, I am trying to learn more about aquaponics. I live in central florida.

8 Peter Hartmann { 08.29.12 at 3:36 pm }

Good Day,

I live in the phiippines and have estimae 2000sqm of Land
I like to develop it for Tilapia and carp fish.
how deep is your pont for Tilapia?
You have allways flowing water?

Thanks for re mail
Peter / Pidrus

9 Janine Erasmus { 03.18.13 at 1:39 am }

How do I get fingerlings from you, Im from South Africa, what would it cost?

10 Sleepy Maggie { 05.09.13 at 10:07 am }

I love the idea and I’ve been trying to think of a way to make a little profit from my small acreage – this would be great. But I do have uncomfortable feelings about raising food in a container lined with whatever kind of plastic those pools are lined with. I’d investigate some way to build them out of something inert and food-safe, maybe some kind of PVC… it would cost more initially but I’d feel a lot safer about it.