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Pterapogon kauderni - Banggai Cardinalfish - Tank Raised- Approx 1" Specimen

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Pterapogon kauderni - Banggai Cardinalfish - Tank Raised Specimen-The Banggai Cardinalfish is one of the most iconic and popular of all marine fishes. An interesting and popular species, this fish is the "poster child" for sustainability in the trade, with much research being done at both the scientific and hobby level. These beautiful specimens are from one of the finest mariculture facilities in Bali. Often found in small aggregations in the wild, they may be kept in a similar manner in aquariums. However, adults often form pairs. Typically, it is a peaceful fish, and very easily maintained in the aquarium, even by a beginner. Once acclimated, these fish eat all sorts of prepared foods. Their diet should contain color enhancing ingredients to maintain the subtle colors on the fish. This fish is not a threat to tank-mates, however it may prey on particularly small shrimp.


These captive bred fish are perfectly suited to aquariums, and are healthy, active, and beautiful. A good candidate for a hobbyist who wants to try his or her hand at a captive breeding program.


Size: Approx.1"


NOTE: You will be purchasing a fish similar to the one in the photo. Because we spend less time photographing and uploading "stock" items, we pass the savings on to you! If they are on the site, they're always ready to ship! You will be purchasing a fish similar to the one in the photo. Because we spend less time photographing and uploading "stock" items, we pass the savings on to you! If they are on the site, they're always ready to ship! Because fishes need to be "purged" of food before shipping to avoid contaminating their bags, we ship fishes twice weekly- Tuesday and Thursday. All orders with fishes will be shipped on these days.

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Pterapogon kauderni - Banggai Cardinalfish - Tank Raised- Approx 1" Specimen

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The Cardinalfishes are members of the family Apogonidae,  one of the largest family of fishes, with over 25 genera and around 250 species. Sadly, hobbyists are generally only offered a dozen species at best from this fascinating group of fishes.

 

With a few popular and notable exceptions, Cardinalfishes suffer from the reputation of being a bit touchy. This is largely because their basic needs are not met all along the chain of custody from reef to home aquarium. Quite simply, they generally fare better in small groups, prefer abundant hiding places to retreat to when they feel threatened, and need to be fed frequently. These fishes do best in aquariums without aggressive fishes that will harass them constantly, causing undue stress.

 

Although they might be a threat to some smaller ornamental shrimp and smaller fishes, Cardinalfishes are generally peaceful, and make great additions to the home aquarium. We’re proud to offer some species that have rarely found their way into the trade before. All of the specimens that we offer have either been sustainably net caught or captive propagated, so you can feel good about purchasing them.

 

It is not uncommon for Cardinalfishes to reproduce in the aquarium, and they will do so regularly if the conditions are acceptable to them. Cardinalfishes in general make excellent candidates for captive breeding projects. A number of Cardinalfish species are paternal mouthbrooders, with the mail holding the eggs and subsequent larvae in his mouth for several weeks.

 

Most Cardinalfishes will feed well on foods like frozen mysis, enriched brine shrimp, and other prepared marine foods. If acclimated carefully, quarantined, and maintained in a stable aquarium, Cardinalfishes can be a subtle, yet engaging part of your aquarium community.

 

 

 

 

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