Longspine Cardinalfish
Zoramia leptacantha

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

Yes

Plant Safe

Yes

Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size

20

Color

Blue, Clear, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.022-1.025

Description


General: Longspine cardinalfish are a peaceful schooling species that originate from the Indo-Pacific region. Both in the wild and the home aquarium, they will prefer to swim around structured areas and coral reefs, while also establishing a hierarchy within the group.

Fecundity: Longspine cardinalfish are mouthbrooders.

Water Chemistry: Longspine cardinalfish prefer water that is 72-78F, a hardness range from 8-12 dKH, a pH ranging from 8.1-8.4, and a salinity level ranging from 1.022-1.025.

Dimorphism: Longspine cardinalfish males will often have a broader jaw than females, which helps them hold onto eggs.

Diet: Longspine cardinalfish will accept flake and pellet food but it should be supplemented with foods rich in protein such as mysis or brine shrimp.

Compatability: Longspine cardinalfish generally do well with most other peaceful saltwater fish and will not eat coral. They may on rare occasions go after smaller invertebrates.


Author: Grant Stevens