Banner (Banggai) Cardinal - Captive Bred

Pterapogon kauderni

(3 Reviews)

Banner (Banggai) Cardinal - Captive Bred

Banner (Banggai) Cardinal - Captive Bred

Pterapogon kauderni

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Banner (Banggai) Cardinal - Captive Bred Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Max Size: 3 inches

Banner (Banggai) Cardinal - Captive Bred

The Banggai Cardinalfish, native to Indonesia's Banggai Islands, thrives in calm waters among seagrass and coral reefs, making it perfect for reef tanks. Peaceful and reef-safe, it grows up to 3 inches and lives around 5 years, feeding on crustaceans and zooplankton. Best kept in small groups with compatible tank mates like gobies, it requires tank setups resembling its natural habitat with hiding spots and moderate water flow. Also known as Longfin or Kaudern's Cardinalfish, it adds elegance to aquariums with proper care.


The Banggai Cardinalfish is native to the calm, sheltered waters among seagrass beds and coral reefs of the Banggai Islands, offering valuable guidance for recreating its habitat in a home aquarium.

Reef Safety

The Banggai Cardinalfish is prized for its reef-safe nature, peacefully coexisting with corals and invertebrates, making it an excellent choice for reef tanks.

Size and Lifespan

The Banggai Cardinalfish, usually reaching 3 inches, can live up to 5 years with proper care, offering ample time to appreciate their captivating presence..


Banggai Cardinalfish eat small crustaceans and zooplankton in the wild, but in captivity, they thrive on a varied diet of high-quality frozen and live foods like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and chopped fish, ensuring their health and vibrancy.

Suitable Tank Mates

Banggai Cardinalfish are peaceful and thrive in small groups or pairs, getting along with gentle species like gobies, small wrasses, and non-aggressive dwarf angels. To prevent stress and territorial conflicts, avoid pairing them with larger or aggressive fish.

Banggai Cardinalfish Tank Requirements and Water Conditions

For a Banggai Cardinalfish tank, replicate their natural habitat with ample hiding spots, live rock, and select corals. Use a sandy substrate and maintain moderate water flow for their comfort.

Other Common Names

Besides the common name "Banggai Cardinalfish," this species is also known as the Longfin Cardinalfish, Kaudern's Cardinalfish, or the Banggai Cardinal.

They took to the nano fast, look great.

Reviewed by: Raymond Lardani on May 12, 2024

Reviewed by: Mark Baumgaertner on May 11, 2024

Reviewed by: Scott Ross on April 19, 2024

Reviewed by: Jeffrey Huth on April 10, 2024

Reviewed by: Michael Haynes on April 4, 2024

Very cool little dudes. Arrived in very good cond.

Reviewed by: Ryan Foltz on March 11, 2024

Reviewed by: James Hill on Feb. 28, 2024

Arrived healthy

Reviewed by: Thomas Bartles on Feb. 11, 2024

Had to have one in each of my tanks that go side by side with my pajama cardinal. A must have fish that gets along with every fish.

Reviewed by: Dale Pichelmayer on Feb. 11, 2024

Reviewed by: Chris Mcadams on Jan. 31, 2024

Look great

Reviewed by: Mike Perdue on Jan. 30, 2024

Their pearl white spots really pop. The two I got arrived health and alive. Very good price for such an amazing fish.

Reviewed by: Meghan Devine on Jan. 24, 2024

Reviewed by: Gubran Ahmed on Jan. 18, 2024

Reviewed by: Ngoc Nguyen on Jan. 17, 2024

Pretty little guys eating great

Reviewed by: Anthony Little on Jan. 17, 2024

Reviewed by: David Pavlicek on Jan. 16, 2024

If you don't have Banggai cardinals in your tank, then you're missing out. These fish are extremely calm and get along with all members of the tank. I know it says they are slow eaters but the cardinals I have don't have an issue going after the food I feed them.

Reviewed by: Dale Pichelmayer on Jan. 8, 2024

Reviewed by: Erin Holmes on Dec. 11, 2023

Fat healthy fish

Reviewed by: Anthony Little on Dec. 7, 2023

Bigger than I expected and all but one were healthy upon arrival. One of them was laying on its side in the bag and passed unfortunately even after acclimating it.

Reviewed by: Denise Nelson on Dec. 3, 2023

I love the way my fish packaged and the health and condition of the fish. I will definitely be ordering again.Thanks!

Reviewed by: Lester Kelly on Nov. 27, 2023

Reviewed by: Desiree Trumble on Nov. 12, 2023

Great shape pleasure to watch.

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on Oct. 29, 2023

Great, healthy, swimming as a school.

Reviewed by: Tamara Shaw on Oct. 26, 2023

Reviewed by: Carlos Barajas on Oct. 22, 2023

Love him I want to get couple more.

Reviewed by: Kim Smith on Oct. 22, 2023

Reviewed by: Debbie Yasenka on Oct. 19, 2023

Reviewed by: Debbie Konechney on Oct. 18, 2023

Reviewed by: Debbie Konechney on Aug. 7, 2023

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