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Kaudern's Cardinal (Pterapogon kauderni)

The Kaudern's Cardinal or Pterapogon kauderni is a popular aquarium fish from the Apogonidae family. It has black stripes along its white body with strange spots along the fins and a tail that makes it quite striking in appearance. This fish is also known as the Banggai Cardinalfish or the Longfin Cardinalfish and are actually bred to be much hardier than species that live in the wild. In a natural setting these fish are often found around coral reefs, seagrass beds, and open areas of sand and rubble.The Kaudern's Cardinal should be housed in an aquarium of at least 40 gallons with plenty of hiding spots. These fish are quite small only growing to about 3" in length. This saltwater fish should be kept at 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, and a PH level of 8.1-8.4. Don't keep these fish in a very large group as adults can become aggressive towards their tankmates. They can be fed bloodworms, feeder shrimp and occasionally live feeder fish. A normal life span for a Kaudern Cardinal is around 4 years or less. To check out this species in action watch this video...

This fish is considered quite easy to breed. The male Cardinalfish actually carries the eggs in in mouth to protect them from potential predators until they hatch. During this time the male doesn't eat anything so don't be alarmed.

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