The Banggai Cardinal is a great choice for beginners and thrives in peaceful reef aquariums. It prefers a small cave with subdued lighting as a home. Small groups or schools of Banggai Cardinals may be kept together. They are a great choice for smaller nano aquariums. The Banggai Cardinal is a mouthbrooder and the male can hold up to 25 fry in its mouth for 4-5 weeks. It is one of the easiest saltwater fish to breed in the home aquarium.
The Banggai Cardinal is completely reef safe and should not bother corals, clams, or invertebrates.
Offer the Banggai Cardinal a mixed diet of mysis shrimp and finely chopped meaty foods 4-6 times per week. Soaking all fish food with vitamins will help keep your fish healthier and make them less susceptible to disease. We recommend soaking food in garlic as well when adding new fish and whenever your notice ich or other disease in the aquarium. Garlic will help repel external parasites and will boost the fishes immunity.
Remember to feed slowly. Leftover food will cause nitrates and phosphates to rise. If you see food falling to the sand bed and into the rocks you should feed slower and give the fish a chance to eat before adding a little more. Using a turkey baster allows you to target food to different fish. For example you can feed the aggressive fish on one side of the tank and then squirt a little bit on the other side for the less aggressive fish. This way all the fish get a chance to eat enough.
Maintaining Ammonia at 0 ppm, Nitrites at 0 ppm, and Nitrates below 10 ppm will help to keep your Banggai Cardinal happy and healthy. We recommend doing a water change soon after Nitrates rise above 10 ppm.
The Banggai cardinal fish is a paternal mouth-brooder. The female plays an active role in courtship and pair formation, which occurs a few hours to a few days before spawning. Mating pairs establish spawning territories several meters away from the main group and vigorously defend them. The eggs are about 2.5 mm in diameter. The young remain in the male’s mouth cavity for an undetermined period after hatching