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Golden Trevally

posted: 05/15/12
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Golden Trevally
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The Golden Trevally, also known as the Pilotfish or Golden Jack, is shimmering metallic-gold with black vertical bands across the body.

It requires a 300 gallon or larger aquarium because it grows rapidly. It is a schooling fish and prefers other Pilotfish as tank mates. It will eat smaller fish.

The Golden Trevally diet should consist of prepared meaty foods for carnivores, and live fish such as shrimp, scallops, and marine flesh.

Jacks are members of the family Carangidae which includes 32 genera and 140 species. They are found in tropical and subtropical waters in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, and may be in schools, small groups, or pairs. Jacks are laterally compressed and often silver in color. They are fast swimming carnivorous fish which, in the wild, feed most successfully at dawn and dusk, when their superior vision gives them an advantage over their prey. In the aquarium environment they need a large amount of swimming room and a diet which should include meaty foods and occasional live items.

Fish Facts

Name: Golden Trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus)

Family: Carangidae

Range: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea

Size: Up to 36 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 300 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Top

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Spawner

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