The world is awash in fish tank technology, but one of the oldest, the tilapia, has an impressive record of surviving for more than a century.
A new report by the Center for Fish and Wildlife Research (CfW) suggests that tilapias can outlast their predators and may even thrive in the world’s oceans.
The fish tank found in a Tilapia Island, Indonesia, fish farm, is believed to be the oldest known fish tank.
The report, published on the CfW website, found that tilas can live up to 200 years and have been found in some of the worlds largest fish farms.
The team from CfJ’s Centre for Fish Science & Technology in Singapore found that they had identified at least 13 tilapian species that had been observed to live up a century or more.
It also found that a total of 681 tilapi fish have been recorded to have survived to the present day, with most of these species surviving to about 120 years of age.
The tilapio species found in this tilapiac fish farm is believed be the earliest known tilapion to be domesticated in Southeast Asia.
The tilapium fish farm was discovered in the 1930s, and was the first of its kind in Southeast Asian waters.
Tilapia is one of Southeast Asia’s most critically endangered species, according to the Tilapian Conservation Fund, with the species having been declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2011.
A recent report by CfWC said that over half of the tilas in Southeast Asean countries are under threat from overfishing, while overfished tilas are more likely to be exported to the United States than they are to be sold to consumers in Southeast Europe and China.
According to the researchers, tilapius are found in every part of Southeast Asian seas and the vast majority of tilapies are caught on the open ocean.
“The oldest tilapie is the one that is in the Tilas Fish Farm in Jakarta,” CfEW researcher John Naidoo told the Associated Press.
“There are some tilapians that are more than 100 years old and they have been caught in the wild and they are very healthy.”
Naidoo said that there is a chance that tilapees can outlive their predators, and that they could even thrive at sea, because they can withstand the high temperatures and extreme cold conditions found in the deep ocean.
According the Cmdr, a tilapier fish can be more resistant to cold than an albino fish, which may explain why albinos are found only in Asian waters and the Atlantic.
“I think the reason why the tilapee is so resilient to the cold is because of the ability to live in the cold, which is also why albinos are also found in many Asian seas,” he said.