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Indian Threadfin
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Alectis indicus

Indian Threadfin

Quick Stats:   Indian Threadfin

Family: Carangidae
Range: Indian Ocean
Size: Up to 20 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: No
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: 125 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Spawner

The Indian Threadfin, sometimes known simply as the Threadfin, is best known for how thin it is, and its dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins which have long, thread-like filaments. Its shimmering, pale greenish-silver scales are reflective.

It requires a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with peaceful tank mates of similar size, particularly those that are not fin nippers.

The Indian Threadfin diet consists mainly of bits and pieces of meaty foods that fall through the water, and occasional live items.


Photo courtesy of T.F.H. Publications, publishers of the Burgess Atlas.

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