An often hard to find fish for the aquarium, it is native to the Indo-Pacific Oceans. Known also as a Slendertail Cardinalfish and a Longspine Cardinalfish, it is a very good reef system fish. A transparent body with multiple markings and spots of iridescent blue and yellow, it has a long, slender shape. The large black eyes are also outlined in blue. This fish likes to remain in groups and has a hierarchy it strictly follows. The most dominant fish will be the largest and then the order of "power"continues down to the we'ist fish. Internal aggression is mostly comprised of chasing and nudging that really amounts more to playing than to fighting. A nice, easy to care for, peaceful, beginner fish.
Size: 3/4" to 1 1/2"
No. in Tank: Best in groups of 5 or more fish.
Tank: min. 30 gallon
Food: (Carnivore) Needs a well-balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, marine flesh, flake and pellet foods and bloodworms. For larger fish, feeder fish can be offered.
Adaptation: This slow, methodical swimmer adjusts easily to either deep or shallow tanks, doing best in a reef system. It needs caves to hide in. In the wild it hides in sea grass, plants and uses long-spined urchins to camouflage itself.
Compatibility: Needs a peaceful setting with peaceful tank-mates. Is an ideal fish for a reef aquarium. This fish will not threaten ornamental crustaceans or other fish. Should not be placed with more aggressive cardinalfish.
**A GOOD BEGINNER FISH