What Kind Of Fish Is This???

Jen1970

Hello all! - My friend found this small guy/girl in a pond near my house being attacked by some birds. So I nursed him/her back to health, but have no idea what species he/she is. It likes flakes and dried shrimp, and is very active. I think he/she is some type of baby bass or crappie, but still no idea. Can someone help? The pond has bass/carp/and blue gills in it from my research, but he/she is till a mystery... (Central Florida)

Jen

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MissNoodle

Not 100% sure but perhaps a feral cichlid?
 

Jen1970

Thanks so much for the reply. I have exhausted my energy trying to research online... what is a cichlid?

Do they live in ponds?

OMG! You might be right. I checked out some pics online... He is aggressive too. He killed (allegedly ) a couple other fish that I put in with him. Even a large mouth bass twice his size and a blue gill...
 

NC122606

OMG! You might be right. I checked out some pics online... He is aggressive too. He killed (allegedly ) a couple other fish that I put in with him. Even a large mouth bass twice his size and a blue gill...
Could you happen to get some other pictures with a clear shot of the dorsal fin? Also, mostly all cichlids are aggressive.
 

MikeRad89

It's a juvenile tilapia. Looks like a hybrid used for fish farming.
 

Jen1970


Mystery_Fish_2.jpg This is the best I can do... Thoughts? His water gets cloudy fast too...

Now I am royally confused... Tilapia or Ciclid?
 

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MikeRad89

A tilapia is a cichlid. It's a tilapia hybrid - extremely common (and invasive) in Florida.
 

Jen1970

If he is a Tilapia, I may be able to make a tasty meal of him eventually? LOL
 

MissNoodle

If he is a Tilapia, I may be able to make a tasty meal of him eventually? LOL

Tilapia IS delicious lol

But I think if you get him a much, much larger tank, he could thrive and be a good pet for you. But I do believe he may get quite large.
 

Coptapia

Hybrid tilapia as said. I can see signs of Oreochromis and Coptodon in it, imo.
 

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