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The Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is a small tropical cardinalfish (family Apogonidae).
Grows up to about 3 inches in total length.
It has a distinctive contrasting pattern of black and light bars with white spots.
This species is easily differentiated from all other cardinalfish by its tasseled first dorsal fin, elongate anal and second dorsal fin rays, deeply forked caudal fin, and color pattern consisting of three black bars across the head and body and prominent black anterior edges on the anal and second dorsal fin.
Males can be differentiated from females by a conspicuous enlarged oral cavity, which is apparent only when they are brooding.
Recommended Minimum Tank Size:
A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a cave and peaceful tank mates is suitable for this slow and methodical swimmer.
As a group, they will establish a strict hierarchy without aggressiveness.
Food and Diet:
Requires a well balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flake foods, pellet foods, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef tank or community fish.
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