Known also as a Spotted Cardinalfish and Polka Dot Cardinalfish, it is native to the Indo-Pacific region including the Red Sea. This silver bodied fish has jet black scale margins on its midsection and orange polka dots on its posterior section. It has a greenish-yellow face and a gorgeous bright purple tail. A good fish for either deep or shallow aquariums, that likes to live in schools. The largest fish is the most dominant and a peeking order continues down to the last fish. While this is a strict hierarchy, there is no aggression inside the group. A good beginner fish.
Size: sm. 3/4"-1 1/2"; med. 1"-2"; lg. 1 1/2"- 2 1/2"
No. in Tank: Does best in groups of at least five.
Tank: min. 30 gallon
Food: (Carnivore) Needs a well-balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flaked and pellet foods, marine flesh and bloodworms. If large enough to handle it, a live feeder fish is good.
Adaptation: This fish does well in any aquarium, deep or shallow. It is a hardy fish. Does need caves in which to hide. Also likes to hide (in the wild), in sea grass, other plants and long-spined urchins.
Compatibility: Needs peaceful tank-mates. Is an excellent reef system fish; no threat to ornamental crustaceans and other fish.
**GOOD BEGINNER FISH