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Old 01-27-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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Cardinal compatibility

i was just wondering how one (or maybe two) of these would do in my tank

Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Kaudern's Cardinalfish

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some mushrooms and a zoa colony developing

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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how many can i put in a 29 gal biocube... i know it says min 30 gallons... but is 29 good enough?

can i have 2? if so anyone know how to sex them?

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how many can i put in a 29 gal biocube... i know it says min 30 gallons... but is 29 good enough?

can i have 2? if so anyone know how to sex them?

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i had two in a 30 before they were happy i dont think anyone would know how to sex them.
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perfect thanks alot guys
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i had two in a 30 before they were happy i dont think anyone would know how to sex them.
Actually... I believe I've read that they can be sexed by subtle differences in the top fin - the one that can get really long as it gets older. Can't remember if the long fin means male or female though.

2 of those should get along fine, assuming you get them when they're still young.

{Edit: Maybe poke around here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/banggaifaqs.htm and you'll find more info regarding keeping multiples.}
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I had two in my 55G and they got along fine for the first month or two and then one started picking on the other so I returned one to the LFS. I think in a smaller tank you are probably better off with just one, but in a larger tank they can be kept in groups.
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I think that Kaudern's (Banggai) Cardinalfish are definitely some of the coolest fish out there! I'd like to put in a word, however, in favor of obtaining certified tank-bred specimens. Banggais are in danger of going extinct in the wild (see this article from Practical Fishkeeping) but there is a captive breeding program as an alternative. The tank-bred individuals are available at LiveAquaria.
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