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Saltwater Aquarium Cardinal Fish

 
   
Cardinal fish are a family, Apogonidae, of ray-finned fishes. They are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, they are chiefly marine, but some species are found in brackish water. A handful of species are kept in the aquarium and are popular as small, peaceful, and colourful fish. They are generally small fish, with most species being less than 4 inches, and are often brightly coloured. They are distinguished by their large mouths, and the division of the dorsal fin into two separate fins. Most species live in tropical or subtropical waters, where they inhabit coral reefs and lagoons. They are nocturnal, spending the day in dark crevices within the reef. At least some species brood the eggs inside the mouth of the males. It is very difficult to differentiate between the sexes, so a group of fish should be kept together and allowed to pair off.

Bangaii Cardinal's
Pterapogon Kauderni

Description: The Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is a small tropical cardinalfish (family Apogonidae). This attractive fish is popular in the aquarium trade. It is among the relatively few marine fish to have been bred regularly in captivity, but significant numbers are still captured in the wild. Grows up to about 3 inches in total length. It has a distinctive contrasting pattern of black and light bars with white spots. This species is easily differentiated from all other cardinalfish by its tasseled first dorsal fin, elongate anal and second dorsal fin rays, deeply forked caudal fin, and color pattern consisting of three black bars across the head and body and prominent black anterior edges on the anal and second dorsal fin. Males can be differentiated from females by a conspicuous enlarged oral cavity, which is apparent only when they are brooding.
Recommended minimum tank size: A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a cave and peaceful tank mates is suitable for this slow and methodical swimmer. As a group, they will establish a strict hierarchy without aggressiveness. The Kaudern's Cardinal is relatively easy to breed in the aquarium setting. Once spawning has occurred, the male carries the eggs in his mouth to protect them.
Food and diet:Requires a well balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flake foods, pellet foods, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef tank or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

$19.77 ea. ~ 3 for $56.88
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Tankbred Bangaii Cardinal's
Pterapogon Kauderni

Description: The Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is a small tropical cardinalfish (family Apogonidae). This attractive fish is popular in the aquarium trade. It is among the relatively few marine fish to have been bred regularly in captivity, but significant numbers are still captured in the wild. Grows up to about 3 inches in total length. It has a distinctive contrasting pattern of black and light bars with white spots on a Silver background. This species is easily differentiated from all other cardinalfish by its tasseled first dorsal fin, elongate anal and second dorsal fin rays, deeply forked caudal fin, and color pattern consisting of three black bars across the head and body and prominent black anterior edges on the anal and second dorsal fin. Males can be differentiated from females by a conspicuous enlarged oral cavity, which is apparent only when they are brooding. The Bangaii Cardinal is failry easy to breed in the aquarium. If interested check out a good book on how to bread. Once spawning is finished it is the the male who then carries the eggs in his mouth to protect until the eggs hatch.
Recommended minimum tank size: A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a cave and peaceful tank mates is suitable for this slow and methodical swimmer. As a group, they will establish a strict hierarchy without aggressiveness. The Kaudern's Cardinal is relatively easy to breed in the aquarium setting. Once spawning has occurred, the male carries the eggs in his mouth to protect them.
Food and diet:Requires a well balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flake foods, pellet foods, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef tank or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

$29.87 ea. ~ 3 for $86.77
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Red Spotted Pajama Cardinal
Sphaeramia nematoptera

Description:A hardy and peaceful fish that can live many years in a marine aquarium, the Pajama cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) is a species of fish belonging to the Apogonidae family. It is a popular aquarium fish. It grows to a total length of about 2.5 inches and features distinctive red eyes and a broad dark vertical 'waistband' with scattered red spots toward the tail with a rainbow of other colors around the boday. It is considered to be of low vulnerability, and is distributed throughout much of the West Pacific, from Java to Fiji, and from the Ryukyu Islands south to the Great Barrier Reef. It will typically not bother other fish, or invertebrates and is therefore considered reef safe. As they are a social fish, it is common to keep them in groups of five or more. They have been known to breed in captivity, unlike most marine fish, but captive bred specimens are only rarely available.
Interesting fact:If they are kept with a long spined sea urchin they will hide among the spines when they feel threatened.
Recommended minimum tank size: For the best care, the Spotted Cardinalfish should be kept in small schools in suitably sized aquariums of at least 30 gallons. Because the Spotted Cardinalfish is a slow and methodical swimmer, it should be housed with peaceful tankmates and offered a plethora of hiding places amongst rockwork or plants. Most Spotted Cardinalfish will tend to hide in sea grass or other plants. Some may also camouflage themselves against long spined sea urchins. Like many other schooling fish, the Spotted Cardinalfish will form a strict hierarchy when kept in small groups within the aquarium. However, unlike some social fish, this member of the Apogonidae family does not use aggression to exert dominance over other cardinalfish.
Food and diet:The Spotted Cardinalfish requires a well balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flake foods, pellet foods, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef tank or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 2"

$13.88 ea. ~ 3 for $39.97
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ORA Tankbred
Red Spotted Pajama Cardinal
Sphaeramia nematoptera

Description:A hardy and peaceful fish that can live many years in a marine aquarium, the Pajama cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) is a species of fish belonging to the Apogonidae family. It is a popular aquarium fish. It grows to a total length of about 2.5 inches and features distinctive red eyes and a broad dark vertical 'waistband' with scattered red spots toward the tail with a rainbow of other colors around the boday. It is considered to be of low vulnerability, and is distributed throughout much of the West Pacific, from Java to Fiji, and from the Ryukyu Islands south to the Great Barrier Reef. It will typically not bother other fish, or invertebrates and is therefore considered reef safe. As they are a social fish, it is common to keep them in groups of five or more. They have been known to breed in captivity, unlike most marine fish, but captive bred specimens are only rarely available.

An important benefit of purchasing tank bred saltwater aquarium fish are that by purchasing a tank bred fish you are protecting the oceans of the world from destruction. Further benefits are important as well. Tank bred fish are hardier than their wild caught counterpart and additionally very accustomed to aquarium life and aquarium food..

Interesting fact:If they are kept with a long spined sea urchin they will hide among the spines when they feel threatened.

Recommended minimum tank size: For the best care, the Spotted Cardinalfish should be kept in small schools in suitably sized aquariums of at least 30 gallons. Because the Spotted Cardinalfish is a slow and methodical swimmer, it should be housed with peaceful tankmates and offered a plethora of hiding places amongst rockwork or plants. Most Spotted Cardinalfish will tend to hide in sea grass or other plants. Some may also camouflage themselves against long spined sea urchins. Like many other schooling fish, the Spotted Cardinalfish will form a strict hierarchy when kept in small groups within the aquarium. However, unlike some social fish, this member of the Apogonidae family does not use aggression to exert dominance over other cardinalfish.
Food and diet:The Spotted Cardinalfish requires a well balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flake foods, pellet foods, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef tank or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 2"

$23.88 each
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  Orbic Cardinal
Sphaeramia orbicularis

Description: The Orbiculate cardinalfish (Sphaeramia orbicularis) is a species of cardinalfish from the Apogonidae family. It has a thin, dark vertical 'waistband' with scattered dark spots toward the tail. The Orbiculate cardinalfish is found in coastal areas throughout much the Indo-Pacific. In the Orbiculate cardinalfish, males incubate the eggs in their mouth until they hatch. It eats mostly planktonic crstaceans, eating mostly at night. While it is not a common marine aquarium fish, it can be a good beginner fish.
Recommended minimum tank size: 30 gallon or larger

Food and diet:Cardinals require a well-balanced and vitamin-enriched diet of meaty foods such as brine shrimp, frozen meaty fish foods, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility:Very good reef tank or community fish

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 11/2"

$13.88 ea. ~ 3 for $39.97
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ORA Tankbred Black Cardinalfish
Sphaeramia orbicularis

Description: The Black Cardinalfish is a hardy member of the Apogonid family that has recently gained popularity in the aquarium hobby. ORA’s latest addition brings the velvety black gem to market as a captive-bred fish for the first time

Recent exports of this species from Papua New Guinea and other areas brought this fish to our collective attention in the past few years. Despite a rather melancholy coloration, the prospect of a solid black cardinalfish, one that will freely school and deviates from the typical aquarium aesthetic, enthralled some aquarists. While you may be familiar with this species’ adult coloration, ORA’s description of the juvenile transformation reveals a very interesting color change, a part of this species’ life history that before now may have been unknown.

“Juvenile Black Cardinalfish exhibit a white, almost translucent posterior half with a pitch black anterior half. As they mature the white color recedes to only the unpaired fins. Finally as mature adults, they lose any trace of white color and range from dark mocha to pitch black depending on their mood. This species also exhibits ocelli or eyespots at the base of the second dorsal and anal fins.”

An important benefit of purchasing tank bred saltwater aquarium fish are that by purchasing a tank bred fish you are protecting the oceans of the world from destruction. Further benefits are important as well. Tank bred fish are hardier than their wild caught counterpart and additionally very accustomed to aquarium life and aquarium food..

Recommended minimum tank size: 30 gallon or larger

Food and diet:ORA Black Cardinalfish eat a variety of frozen fish foods and pellet foods and bloodworms.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility:Very good reef tank or community fish

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 11/2"


$24.49 each
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All-natural New Life Spectrum contains absolutely no hormones. New Life Spectrum noticeably increases both color and vigor in both marine and freshwater fish. Premium ingredients produce results superior to other pellets, and even specialized fresh food (such as brine shrimp, seaweed, etc.) without pollution. The high-density, nutritious pellets help prevent lateral line disease, as well as other ailments related to faltering health. New Life Spectrum provides trace elements present in natural environments, but missing in aquariums.

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Even some hard to feed marine fish will eat New Life Spectrum fish food. Pellets are designed with no dust and will stay in the water for hours without disintegrating, reducing pollution.
New Life Spectrum is suitable for omnivorous, herbivorous, and many carnivorous fish. Ounce-for-ounce, New Life Spectrum provides far better nutrition than flake food, and is less-expensive relative to weight.
- High-quality easily digestible krill & fish meal protein
- Balanced daily diet for all marine fish
- Boosts immune system to repel parasites
- Enhances the full spectrum of your fish's color

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 We Highly Recommend you use Spectrum Fish Food by Newlife
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AlgaGen ReefPods™ Tisbe
Excellent food for Mandarins, Blennies, Gobies, Seahorses, and many other finicky eating fish

ReefPods™ Tisbe the most popular aquarium Pod -they consumes your aquarium’s wastes and detritus, reproduce well, and are food for a multitude of reef inhabitants!

ReefPods™ Tisbe is a live culture of the harpacticoid copepod Tisbe biminiensis. Tisbe adult copepods live on bottom substrate such as live rock or sand and will eat detritus and microalage in the aquarium. They produce a small nauplii which is an excellent food for aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by small bottom feeding fish such as gobies, dragonettes and blennies.

ReefPods™ Tisbe may be used as a starter culture to add to marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank. Once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to adults in about nine days. They will thrive in a wide range of aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night or to the refugium to avoid immediate fish predation.

Tisbe is an excellent all purpose aquarium copepod owing to its role in the natural environment as a detritivore. An opportunist feeder, Tisbe can be used as a tank cleaner consuming uneaten food and wastes as well as phytoplankton in the tank and refugium. Tisbe is capable of producing many eggs during its adult life span that hatch into nauplii which will enter the water column as food for your filter feeding reef inhabitants and replenish the adult population vital to tank hygiene. Tisbe adults and juveniles may also enter the water column and be tasty and nutritious treats for your reef fish!


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