Banggai Cardinalfish

Banggai Cardinalfish

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Banggai cardinal fish make a great choice for just about any community saltwater aquarium.

The Banggai Cardinalfish, sometimes referred to as Longfin Cardinalfish, is a very attractive fish and one of the most popular fish in the saltwater aquarium hobby. Its overall body coloration is a shimmering silver, highlighted with pearly white spots. Bold, black stripes along the body accentuate the long fins to elegant effect.

Banggai Cardinalfish are only found in a rather small area around Banggai Island off Sulawesi and due to its aggressive behavior towards conspecifics, the Banggai Cardinalfish should be kept individually or as a bonded pair.

Another interesting fact about the Banggai Cardinals, is that they are mouth brooders. After the eggs are fertilized the male picks them up and guard the eggs in his mouth until they hatch. After the eggs hatch the male “spits out” the juvenile fish and they are on their own.