Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
Family: Apogonidae (Cardinalfish)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 0 to 15 ft. Size: 3 in. Jumps: No Space: 10+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small fish, zooplankton
Natural History: The Bangai Cardinalfish is generally found in small groups in protected shallow zones on reefs. It uses corals, sea urchins and anemones to hide from predators. It is only found on Indonesian reefs and it is threatened due to overcollection.
Husbandry: The Banggai Cardinalfish can be kept with most peaceful tankmates but not other Banggai Cardinals. It will be aggressive with its own species in the home aquarium. They accept most aquarium fare but prefer brine shrimp, black worms, and chopped seafoods.
Reproduction: It has been successfully bred in captivity - it is a mouth brooder. The male picks up the fertilized eggs into his mouth and holds them for 25 to 30 days and then releases them into the water.
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