Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Longspine Cardinalfish - Captive-Bred
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Longspine Cardinalfish, Captive-Bred
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Captive-Bred
Longspine Cardinalfish, Captive-Bred (Zoramia leptacantha)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Clear, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.022-1.025
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Apogonidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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Overview

The Captive-Bred Longspine Cardinalfish comes from the reefs of the Indian Ocean, and has a long slender shape and is mostly transparent in color. The transparent color is offset by many markings and spots of both iridescent blue and yellow. The Large black eyes of this fish are outlined in iridescent blue like the markings on both the fins and body. The Captive-Bred Longspine Cardinalfish has a unique advantage over wild-harvested species. They are hardier and more accustomed to conditions found in home aquariums. Therefore, it makes a great choice for novices and seasoned aquarists alike.

A 10-gallon or larger aquarium with a cave and peaceful tank mates is suitable for this slow and methodical swimmer. It tends to hide in sea grass or other plants, or may use long spined urchins for camouflage. If a larger aquarium is available, it will handle a small group of this species. As a group, they will establish a strict hierarchy without aggressiveness.

The Captive-Bred Longspine 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.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"

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