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Five Lined Cardinalfish

Greek Name: Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus

$19.99

Five Lined Cardinalfish, also called The Toothed Cardinalfish, comes from the lagoons, flats, and seaward reefs of Fiji. They have a long, slender form and are an iridescent silver color. The eyes large and black are separated by bright yellow and black spots near the tail that confuses potential predators as to which direction the fish is facing.

A larger or 50-gallon aquarium that has a cave with calm tank mates is ideal for this methodical and slow swimmer. It is known to hide in sea grass and other plants, or employ the long-spined Urchins (Diadema setosum) to hide. If a 6-foot aquarium can be found, then it can manage a small group of this species. As an entire group, they’ll create a strict hierarchy, without aggression.

In the wild, the Five Lined Cardinalfish diet includes benth crustaceans and zoobenthos as well as diverse types of mobile invertebrates and tiny fishes. For your aquarium at home provide a balanced diet that includes meaty food like feeder shrimp, flake food, pellet foods, bloodworms, and depending on the size live feeder fish.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4″ to 1″; Medium: 1″ to 2″; Large: 2″ to 3″

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Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Semi-aggressive

Color Form

Black, Silver, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

Reef Compatible

Yes

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

5"

Origin

Fiji

Family

Apogonidae

Minimum Tank

50 gallons

Description

General information regarding Five Lined Cardinalfish

The Five Lined Cardinalfish comes from the lagoons, flats, and seaward reefs of Fiji. They have a long, slender form and are iridescent silver-colored. The huge black eyes are contrasted by an intense black and yellow area near the tail that can confuse predators about which direction this fish’s head is. A larger or medium-sized aquarium that has a cave with calm tank mates is ideal for this methodical and slow swimmer. It is often found hiding in sea grass and other plants or might employ the long-spined Urchins (Diadema setosum) to conceal. An aquarium with a 6-foot diameter could manage a small number of cheilodipterus quinquelineatus. As an entire group, they’ll create a strict hierarchy, without aggression.

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small