Samoan Cardinalfish (Apogon savayensis)
Family: Apogonidae (Cardinalfish)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 10 to 82 ft. Size: 4.25 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Bristleworms, crustaceans, small fish
Natural History: The Samoan Cardinalfish is found in sheltered reef areas, including lagoons and reef faces. It is reclusive and nocturnal, spending its days hiding in shelters, caves, recesses within the reef surface. It emerges to feed at night.
Husbandry: The Samoan Cardinalfish is a difficult species to display because of its reclusive and nocturnal behavior. It must be provided with cracks and recesses in which to hide or it will retreat to an upper corner of the aquarium and stop feeding. It may be bullied by other fish that defend recessed areas in an aquarium. The Samoan Cardinalfish may feed on small fish and ornamental shrimp in captivity.
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