Fish Guide

Black Cardinalfish   (Apogon melas)
Family: Apogonidae (Cardinalfish)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 0 to 7 ft.   Size: 4 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Easy   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Amphipods, shrimps, bristleworms, copepods
Natural History: The Black Cardinalfish is found in well-protected coastal bays hiding among corals or rocks.
Husbandry: The Black Cardinalfish is considered a hardy aquarium fish. An aquarium with caves and other hiding places should be provided for this species. It is reported to use long-spine sea urchins for protection and camouflage. It can be kept in groups with other Black Cardinalfish in larger aquaria. It should only be housed with other peaceful tankmates.
Reproduction: This species is reported to be a mouth brooder.

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