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Old 07-11-2010, 04:53 PM   #1
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Bangai Cardinal


I am quite sure the spelling is wrong.

Got this fish a little over a week ago from the LFS. Did great and was eating almost immediately. Today I notice that he / she is staying within the rock work and not coming out to eat. Looks kind of wimpy. Only fish in the tank is a Purple Firefish and a False percula clown. I do have a fire shrimp along with live rock. Water parameters are fine.

Are these fish long lived or do they have problems in a tank?


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Old 07-11-2010, 05:51 PM   #2
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What size tank do you have? As crazy as it sounds; even though they don't move all that much they do get stressed in a small tank. We had 7 FO tanks in my high school chemistry class and even though other fish did fine we had trouble keeping cardinals in any of the smaller tanks.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:05 PM   #3
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The tank is a 60 gallon cube with a 10 gallon wet dry underneath. No bio balls. Only live rock rubble, carbon reaction chamber, nitrate removal reaction chamber. Nitrates are 0, Ammonia is 0, Salinity is 1.021, Ph is 8.2. Live rock is in the tank. Tank has been established now for 6 months.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:19 PM   #4
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Well the tanks big enough, hopefully it's just b/c he's new. Having a light timmer (you prob do anyways) so that the lights come on and go off at the same time every day helps too. You can get a big reaction from thouse fish by suddenly turning the lights off

Other then that everything sounds good, and when he starts eatting again make sure to mix up his foods. Feeding him/her krill all the time will make these fish picky

Maybe someone with more experience will chime in?
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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Banggai cardinals are a social fish. They do better in small groups.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:09 PM   #6
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cardinals also like to feed at night... maybe try to feed right before your lights go out
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:58 PM   #7
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Will try to feed him tonight.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:06 PM   #8
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Yea definitely a night timer....it took mine a long time to become more active....like months. but now mine hangs with the rest of the group
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:35 PM   #9
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DOA,

I guess it was not meant to be. Great looking fish. Found him laying motionless on the sand when I got home from work.

No more Bangaii Cardinals for me. Other fish are fine.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:38 AM   #10
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Banggais are pretty easily aquacultured - you may have someone local breeding them, and ORA does as well. Don't write off the fish because of one bad experience. I tend to get my fish from others breaking down their tanks. Takes a little more patience, but my fish seem to do better than those I used to get from stores.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:24 AM   #11
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Wild caught Banggais just do not have the best track results and knowing a few local breeders (or would be breeders) it takes a good amount of WC banggais just to find a good pair. Mrs Smith is right, aquacultured fish are available, but they are not as commercially available as clowns since the cost/benefit and margins are not very good for commercial raisers, as a result, they find a good niche in the hobby breeding circles. If you can, tank raised banggais are much heartier but don't balk at the cost, they are often more expensive than WC. I would have to disagree with Jadinop about small groups. Banggais form breeding pairs and unless the tank is massive 200g+ there is likely going to be strife from pairing competition. While I have housed multiple banggai together for a time (such as quarantine) normally the pair will run the others into submission fairly quickly. I would not advise a small group of banggai however, the addition of other schooling fish such as anthias or chromis makes the fish more social in my experience.

As for the sudden loss of a fish eating and then not eating, I would really look at the tank and find the stressor. Something cause the banggai to check out and it might be worthwhile to find out.
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