Why tilapia hatchery/culture?

  • Tilapia, also known as “aquatic chicken,” grows fast and easily breeds in captivity
  • Technology for its propagation and culture requires little input
  • Hatcheries can readily supply the seedstock the industry needs
  • Tilapia has become an effective biocontrol agent for luminous bacteria
  • Generally occupies a smaller area than other culture species

AQD smallholder freshwater aquaculture program: Dr. Ma. Rowena R. Eguia commodity team leader

Technological Viability List of Technology Adoptors
Tilapia Hatchery 

Breeders can be obtained from reputable hatcheries or selected from previous stock. Formulated feeds may be availed from feed companies, especially for broodstock, which needs 40% protein. [read more]

Tilapia Hatchery
•   SEAFDEC/AQD’s freshwater training alumni
•   Bingawan LGU and Bingawan Multi-purpose Cooperative, Bingawan, Iloilo (1998)
•   San Julian dam, Tapaz, Iloilo (1999)
Tilapia Grow-out 

Tilapia grow-out culture may be done in tanks, cages, and ponds (using either extensive, semi-intensive or intensive setup).

AQD’s Work on Tilapia
Tilapia hatchery technology may be attributed to the works of the Central Luzon State University’s Freshwater Aquaculture Center, the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, The World Fish Center (formerly ICLARM), PCAMRD, and SEAFDEC/AQD among other groups. Some publications have been authored by AQD in mid-1980s, including feed formulations for Nile tilapia broodstock and nursery. Work on a farm-based genetic selection scheme was conducted a decade later to give tilapia farmers a more scientific guide in selecting and managing breeders. 

AQD continues to help popularize and extend tilapia hatchery and grow-out technologies by conducting a regular training course on freshwater aquaculture, and publishing two manuals in Filipino on tilapia hatchery (1996, revised 2001) and grow-out (1996) and another one in English (2004). Consultations are also given to attendees of fairs and exhibits where AQD usually puts up a booth.


  1. Greetings :-)
    I hope all is well and good day to you

    I am seeking assistance in Tilapia Farming.

    If you can assist or guide me on how to obtain the knowledge to grow Tilapia, I will appreciate it very much and you will be blessed tremendously when we feed the children

    Awaiting your earliest and positive reply

    I Ramdeen :-)

    • Good day Mr. Ramdeen, we advise that you refer to our very informative extension manuals on tilapia farming, broodstock and hatchery management, etc. You may get a preview of these materials for sale at our Bookstore page. Kindly fill out the Order Form or contact our bookstore-in-charge through bookstore@seafdec.org.ph if you wish to order. Thank you for your interest and inquiry, cheers!

  2. hello! is there a tilapia developed in by seafdec? If there is, what is it called? thanks!

    • Hello Sig, the tilapia developed in SEAFDEC/AQD, particularly in its Binangonan Freshwater Station, is called SEAFDEC strain Tilapia. For further info, kindly contact Mr. Emil Aralar through telefax: (63-2) 289-3687 or email: evaralar@seafdec.org.ph. Thank you for your inquiry!

  3. hello,

    I would like to learn complete setting up a tilapia farm in a tank.. if you have books or siminar pls let me know..

    email king_glt@hotmail.com

    • Hello King, thank you for your interest. You may refer to our publications, we have titles, such as: AEM 51 Modyular na pag-aalaga ng tilapya sa mga kulungang lambat; AEM 38 Tilapia Broodstock and Hatchery Management; AEM 36 Tilapia Farming in Cages and Ponds; AEM 23 Pagpapaanak ng Tilapya; AEM 22 Pag-aalaga ng Tilapya. For more references, kindly visit our Bookstore page and email us at bookstore@seafdec.org.ph if you wish to order. Also, you may also of our training programs; kindly await for the 2012 Training schedule. Cheers!

  4. hello,

    does SEAFDEC/ can refer any potential buyer for the fish we can produced??

  5. Hello! I have plans of starting a small business in tilapia farming. Can you please give me a full info regarding your trainings and seminars. I saw your training fees and i just want to know if the price is reasonable and worth-it. Thanks!

    • Hello Nathan! Thanks for considering to train with us in preparation for your tilapia farming start-up. We shall forward this to our Training-in-charge; kindly await the 2012 training schedule, to be posted soon at our website. You may also be interested with our ABOT AquaNegosyo program; we’ll also forward this to our ABOT-in-charge. Cheers!

  6. hello

    does SEAFDEC sell nile tilapia fairs which is ready to SPAWN ???

    • Hi King, thank you for your interest, we will forward your inquiry to our staff from Binangonan Freshwater Station so you can be informed of its availability. You may also contact Engr. Emil Aralar through telefax: (63-2) 289-3687 or email: evaralar@seafdec.org.ph. All the best!

  7. Good day,

    HI! We just started raising tilapia in one of the 7 lakes in San Pablo Laguna.
    As a beginer of 10×10 fish cage with 10,000. fingerlings size #14 and #17 (net size).
    I just need the quantity of fish feed(grower Ladeco 1sack of 25kg) to given daily pls.


  8. Hi sir, I have plan to start in to tilapia farming. ang naisip ko sa tanki. pwedi bha yun sir? do you have manual for that method?

    maraming salamat.

    • Good day Herbert! Yes, pwede po mag-alaga ng tilapia sa tangke but it’s not commonly practiced in the Philippines since it needs a high initial capital investment. We have manuals on tilapia (AEM 22 Pag-aalaga ng Tilapya 3rd ed. and AEM 36 Tilapia Farming in cages and ponds) with short discussions on this method. If you’re interested to order, please email bookstore@seafdec.org.ph.

  9. nelson v delicana

    pls send me the schedule of training about tilapia culture specially in tilapia in tank and pls tel me where the venue.how much cost the training seminar fee. im living in pasig metro manila.

    thank you

    • Hello Nelson! Thank you for your interest in SEAFDEC Philippines’ training programs. Yes, we are going to have a training in Tilapia Hatchery & Grow-out Operations on 16-20 July 2012. The training fee is Php 6,000. The venue will be in BFS (Binangonan Freshwater Station, Tapao Point, Binangonan). For more information, kindly see our training schedule in this website and you can email the OIC Head of Training Section Mr. Sonny Pagador in [rrpagador@seafdec.org.ph]. Thank you and hope to see you!

  10. I will conduct a research study about surface pathogen control for tilapia, I was advised to use the fingerlings ten in each aquarium. What are the tips and advise to maintain the fingerlings in the aquarium? What is the most advisable size for the aquarium? What is the commercialized surface pathogen control used?

  11. hi! my husband is also interested in putting up a small business in tilapia farming. can you send me information about your seminars?

  12. I am interested in tilapia farming but my water in my area is brackish water, i need your kind advise.

  13. Hi there, I wish to know kung magkano na po yung kelangan na overall start-up capital considering na meron na ako 1,500 Sq. Meter Agricultural land with water irrigation. Meron po ba kayong branch na malapit lng sa bacolod?

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