potassium.

Locally,


Tilapia


are


also


known


as

Pla

-

Pla

.


Tilapia


cichlids


have

many


culinary


purposes,


including
fried,

grilled,


and

many


more


recipes.
Tilapia

in

America
In

the


United


States,


the


geographic


range

for


Tilapia


culture


is


limited


by

the


temperature

-

sensitivity


of
Tilapia.

For

optimal


growth


the


ideal


water


temperature


range

is


82–86


°F,


and

growth


is


reduced

greatly
below
68

°F.


Death

occurs


below

50

°F.


Therefore,


only


the


southernmost

states

are


suitable


for


Tilapia
production.

In


the


southern


region,

Tilapia


can

be

held


in


cages

from

5

to


12

months


per


year,


depending

on
location.

There

were

1.5


million


tons


of


Tilapia


produced

in


the


US


in


2005,


with


2.5


million


tons


projected

by
2010.
Hybrid

Stripped


Bass
The

Hybrid


Striped

Bass'


is


a

hybrid


between


the


striped


bass

and

the


white


bass.


It

can

be

distinguished


from
the

striped


bass

by

broken

rather
than

solid

horizontal


stripes


on

the


body;


Hybrids


have

two

dorsal
fins,

a

spinous


fin

with


8–9

spines


and

a

soft

-

rayed


fin

with


one
spine

and

13–14


rays.


Hybrid


Striped

Bass


are


considered


better
suited
for


culture


in


large


tanks


or


ponds


than


either


parent


species
because

they


are


more


resilient


to


extremes

of


temperature


and

to
low

dissolved

oxygen.
Most

producers


purchase

the


fish

young


as

fry

or


fingerlings

and
raise
them

in


large


fresh


water


tanks


and

ponds.


Currently

about
10
million


pound


pounds


are


produced

annually


in


the


United


States.


Hybrid


Striped

Bass


are


used

both


as

a
game

fish

and

a

food


fish.
Hybrid

Striped

Bass


are


not


always

sterile

like


most


other


hybridized

fish.


There

have

been


reports

that


Hybrid
Striped
Bass


have

naturally


spawned


in


reservoirs


that


have

been


stocked


only


with


hybrids.


Similar

to


the
parental

stock,


Hybrid


Striped

Bass


are


egg-

laying

fish.
Most

Hybrid


Striped

Bass


are


produced

by

fertilizing


egg

from

white


bass

with


sperm

from

Striped

Bass;


the
resulting

fish

are


also


called

"sunshine

bass"


or


"Cherokee


Bass".
Hatchery

info
There
are


several


hatcheries

in


the


United


States;


however,

one

large


hatchery


located


in


Arkansas

supplies
the

majority


of


the


U.S.


industry.


Some

hatcheries

maintain


a

large


number


of


brood

stock


of


Hybrid


Striped
Bass

and

have

maintained


them

for


years.
Grow

out


of


Hybrid


Striped

Bass
Grow

out


may


occur


in


ponds,


cages,


or


large


tanks.


Methods


for
culture

in


each

of


these


systems

will


be

addressed

individually.