Zebra Tilapia, Tilapia buttikoferi

The Zebra tilapia (Tilapia buttikoferi) is a fish inhabitant to West Africa, specifically Liberia. This fish is an African tilapiine cichlid.

The Zebra tilapia is a freshwater fish that is inclined to streams and rivers. For both aquatic and nutritious reasons, this fish has been imported and bred all over the world.

The Zebra tilapia is a stunning cichlid. It is usually white or yellow with black stripes. This fish varies from light to black based on its mood. The stripes seem to fade as it ages. This fish is large and may grow to be about 15 inches in length.

This fish is tremendously brilliant and an aggressive aquarium fish. Because this fish is beautiful and reacts to movement outside of the aquarium the Zebra tilapia is a pleasure for its owners. It is not advised to place another fish in the same tank with this fish.

The Zebra tilapia is usually comfortable in most environments. Its tank does require at least 100 gallons with temperatures of 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit. This fish has a big appetite and needs continual water changes because it is a big eater.

Image Caption: Zebra Tilapia (Tilapia buttikoferi) in an aquarium. Credit: Vchoi/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)