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Flamefish

posted: 05/15/12
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Flamefish
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The Flamefish, also known as the Flame Cardinal, is fiery red with light accents of blue and green.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with caves and peaceful tank mates is a good environment for this slow and methodical swimmer. It should not be kept in large groups because of its aggressive behavior towards other Cardinalfish, although, it does well in mated pairs. It is a nocturnal fish and may be watched using a red light.

The Flamefish requires a well-balanced and vitamin-enriched diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.

Like other cardinalfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Filefish, Gobies, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish and Puffers.

Fish Facts

Name: Flamefish (Apogon maculatus)

Family: Apogonidae

Range: Tropical Eastern Atlantic

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Care Level: Mouth Breeder

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