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Old 10-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Kaudern's Cardinal?

I tried doing some searches, but couldn't find anything based on the way I worded it.
I understand these fish can be schooling fish or be paired off. Can they live happily in an aquarium if I only purchase one fish? or do they prefer to be in groups?

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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They have info about these guys on LiveAquaria.com - They are on my stock list too...they are SO pretty!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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They have info about these guys on LiveAquaria.com - They are on my stock list too...they are SO pretty!!
Yeah, I've seen it. It says it's best not to keep them in large groups, but they enjoy having a few others around. Not sure if that means they'd be unhappy if kept singly?
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I think they can be single...but hopefully someone with more experience will chime in here...
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #5
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They can be kept alone. Better in groups though!

I think they are lovely fish. Under the right lighting they have an amazing 'sparkle'.

My one problem with them is their price. Very high for a small fish.
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You might have better luck using the more common 'Bangaii Cardinal' name. I can tell you from experience that they're hard to keep. I had two, one of them died very soon after purchasing. The other, after finally getting it to eat, lived for several months then suddenly died. The majority are wild caught, which makes it a good idea to ask to see them eat prior to purchasing. FWIW, my solo bangaii seemed content by itself.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #7
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You might have better luck using the more common 'Bangaii Cardinal' name. I can tell you from experience that they're hard to keep. I had two, one of them died very soon after purchasing. The other, after finally getting it to eat, lived for several months then suddenly died. The majority are wild caught, which makes it a good idea to ask to see them eat prior to purchasing. FWIW, my solo bangaii seemed content by itself.
Thanks for the reply.
However, liveaquaria sells them tank bred. In fact, I read that this species is endangered in the wild and you should only buy tank bred (which are also hardier)
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I can't access liveaquaria right now (it's blocked at work )...but I think it's in the "beginner" section, isn't it? That's why it's on my list, 'cause I'm a beginner...
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I can't access liveaquaria right now (it's blocked at work )...but I think it's in the "beginner" section, isn't it? That's why it's on my list, 'cause I'm a beginner...

They do not have it in the beginner section, however they have the level of care listed as "easy". Then again they have lionfish under the beginner section so who knows.
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Like the previous post I bought 4 and they slowly started to die while other fish in the aquarium were doing well . I only saw them eat a few times, then again I had a damsel terrorizing them .
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