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The Band Tail Black Spot Cardinalfish, found in the waters of Tahiti, is one of the largest species of Cardinalfish. Growing up to 6 inches in length, these fish boast a silver body with a horizontal black line running from the nose to the tail. Further distinguishing characteristics include a striking black spot located at the base of the tail, aptly earning them their name. This species is renowned for its beauty and intelligence, making it an excellent choice for both experienced and novice aquarists alike. Their unique coloring and remarkable faculties have made them a popular addition to many home aquariums.
This species is best suited for an aquarium of 70 gallons or larger. It requires a cave and peaceful tank mates to feel secure and content. Additionally, it may also require sea grass or other plants and long spined urchins for camouflage. When kept in a group, it will establish a strict hierarchy without any aggressiveness. It is important to note that a larger aquarium is ideal if a small group of this species is to be kept. With the right environment and tank mates, this species can be an enjoyable addition to any aquarium.
The Band Tail Black Spot Cardinalfish is a popular fish for its attractive markings and requires a well balanced diet that includes meaty foods such as frozen mysis and brine shrimp, chopped fish, and live feeder fish.