Marine Fish of the Week: Banggai Cardinal’s – Tank Bred
Specie: (Pterapogon kauderni)
Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 22-26ºC, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025.
Max Size: 3”
Origin: Indonesia (Banggai Islands) / Captive Bred.
Usual Price: £28 or 2 for £52
Offer Price: £18 or 2 for £30
Hong Kong Plec (also known as Butterfly hillstream loach and Chinese sucker fish)
Hong Kong Plecs are from high oxygen hill streams so require aquariums with excellent water flow and adequate aeration with numerous hiding places in the fish tank. Hong Kong plecs naturally graze on algae so an aquarium with high lighting and high algae growth is necessary for these inhabitants. These are great aquarium fish helping to keep the tank clean and add a unique addition to any coldwater aquarium.
Hong Kong plecs grow to a maximum size of around 3 inches or 7.5 cm and require an aquarium size of around 36” with pH readings from 7.0 – 8.0 and medium water hardness. Ideal water temperatures from 19 to 23 deg C. Can also be kept in groups of 3 or 4
These fish also known as Blue-Red Colombian Tetra, is native to the Rio Acandi drainage system in northwestern Colombia. We have been lucky enough to have these fish in our own systems and make an attractive display but as they have only recently been introduced to the trade, they tend to be more expensive than other Tetras.
Colombian Red Fins grow to a maximum size of 6.5cm and keep a silver colour in the main body but with a nice colourful turquoise blue tinge from its lateral line upwards. The fins are red but clear near the fish body.
These fish are best kept in groups of size or more and average freshwater tropical temperatures of 24 – 26 Deg C. A hardy and adaptable fish perfect for newcomers or expert fish keepers.
Nothing looks quite as impressive as a large Volitans Lion Fish. Found in the Indo Pacific region and adults can grow as large as 47cm or 18.5 inches! These fish have large venomous spines that protrude from the body similar to a mane giving the name lionfish.
Care should always be taken when housing these aquarium fish as they can cause serious injury to humans and should always be kept with extreme care.
Tank mates need to be large if not larger than the lionfish in order to prevent being consumed and need a tank size of at least 120 gallons or 400 – 500 litres when an adult. Its diet should include meaty foods such as live shrimp, fish and frozen foods.