The Ochrestriped Cardinalfish, also know as the Blue-Eyed Cardinal fish, comes from the reefs of Fiji or Indonesia. Typical reef conditions are ideal for keeping these fish. They tend to congregate among coral branches forming small schools. Reef lighting also brings out the blue around their eyes.
As with other cardinals, the Blue-Eyed Cardinal does best when added in groups, as they are schooling fish. A mated pair may be kept, and under ideal conditions may breed. A 75-gallon or larger aquarium with a cave and peaceful tank mates is suitable for this slow and methodical swimmer. Though Blue-Eyed Cardinalfish are nocturnal, most will adjust over time to the aquarium setting and will become as active during the day as the night.