Five-striped Cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus)
Family: Apogonidae (Cardinalfish)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 7 to 131 ft. Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Fish, crustaceans, snails
Natural History: The Five-striped Cardinalfish is found individually or in loose groups on reef slopes, faces and lagoons. By day it is usually found near crevices and braching corals on the reef. Individuals have been observed hanging around large anemones, hovering over their tentacles. It also uses the long spines of Diadema sea urchins for protection.
Husbandry: The Five-striped Cardinalfish is considered very hardy in captivity. It is bold enough to spend most of its time in the open areas of an aquarium, but will remain in that area except for feeding. It is reported to accept frozen brine shrimp and chopped seafood preparations. It may feed on small fish and ornamental shrimp in aquaria.
Reproduction: This species is a mouth brooder, with the male incubating the fertilized eggs.
AKA: Fivelined Cardinalfish
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