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Black Cardinalfish - Apogon melas - Captive Bred (ORA)

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The Black Cardinalfish (Apogon melas) has a solid dark grey to black body with one black eyespot at the base of the second dorsal fin. They come from a small region in the western Pacific.

Cardinalfish are often overlooked in the aquarium trade but many make hardy, peaceful and even schooling additions to reef and fish-only aquariums. Species available in the aquarium trade are most often from the Apogon, Pterapogon and Sphaeramia genuses. Some are nocturnal and will hide for most of the day but others will remain out in the open during the day once acclimated to the aquarium. Many cardinals are schooling and can be kept in groups, especially as juveniles, but some larger or more aggressive cardinals should be kept alone or in large schools.

Larger cardinals may prey on smaller ornamental crustaceans and, in some species, small fish but most are community fish and can be kept with other peaceful to moderately active tankmates. They will not bother corals or most inverts; some often swim and hover in and around the branches of corals and spines of larger urchins.

Most cardinals are not picky eaters. With time, they may accept flakes and pellets but they can be giving a varied diet of meaty foods like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, planktons and other similar items. Most cardinals are mouth brooders; the will hold their eggs in their mouth and fast until the young hatch and can feed on their own.

ORA fish are bred by Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums, the largest marine ornamental fish hatchery in the world. They continuously develop new frags, inverts and fish and many are available in very limited quantities. We are proud to offer ORA's fish as part of our collection.
Specifications
MPN
Manufacturer
Ocean, Reefs & Aquariums
Common NameBlack Cardinalfish (ORA)
Scientific NameApogon melas
OriginCaptive Bred (native to western Pacific)
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)4
Community SafeYes
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietCarnivore
Min Tank Size (in gallons)45
Temperature Range75-82
DifficultyEasy
Internal Id
61791

State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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