How to Breed Kaudern’s Cardinal Fish in Aquariums

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Guide to Breeding Saltwater Cardinal Fish in Aquariums 

Kaudern’s cardinal fish or Banggai cardinal fish are a particularly lovely breed of fish for your aquarium. They are colorful, gentle swimmers, and a very interesting specimen to watch in a tank. Breeding the cardinal saltwater fish in aquariums is also an experience to watch, as the male will carry the eggs in his mouth to protect them after spawning. However, getting to the spawning stage for Kaudern’s cardinal fish can be quite a challenge. It takes a methodical and dedicated owner to create a union suitable for breeding between two cardinal saltwater fish in your aquarium. If you’re determined for this to happen, read on for a few tips on how to breed Kaudern’s cardinal fish in aquariums.

Breed Kaudern’s Cardinal Fish in Aquariums With These Tips

Discovering the Right Pairs: Many fish enthusiasts who are looking to breed Kaudern’s cardinal fish in their aquariums may find starting out a bit difficult because they have to wait until the fish are mature enough for mating, which is around 9-10 months old. Usually, it will be the most dominant that are eager to mate, so what you can do is buy a group of 6 and see which ones pair up. Starting out with singles and constantly buying another to see if they pair up will cost you a lot of time that could have been spent spawning by your cardinal fish. In a group of 6, the dominants will automatically pair up and soon you’ll have your eggs.

Keep them Happy: Once you have the ideal pair – preferably a strong male and strong female of the specimen –  it will be relatively easy to breed Kaudern’s cardinal fish because they thrive in the aquarium setting as long as you keep them happy. These calm swimmers like lower flow calm tanks and aquariums perhaps with a cave or other hiding places. Since the cardinal fish can get aggressive with other fish, it’s important that you don’t have them in a large group, if possible keeping them alone or with other peaceful breeds.

Feed them Well: Very important to consider when trying to breed Kaudern’s cardinal fish in aquariums is the food you need to provide them while trying to spawn. Since the male will be carrying the eggs in his mouth until they hatch, he will not be able to eat during that period.This is about 23-29 days, so it’s a while. You will need to make sure he is well fed for a successful breeding of cardinal saltwater fish in your aquarium. What you can do is power-feed him with the usual cardinal fish favorites like bloodworms, feeder shrimp, marine flesh, or even feeder fish if your cardinal is big enough. The same goes for the female who will need enough energy to spawn the eggs.

What It Takes to Breed Kaudern’s Cardinal Fish in Aquariums

For any pet owner, breeding can be delicate, and to breed your Kaudern’s cardinal fish in the aquarium setting is no different. Don’t be surprised if the first time doesn’t turn out as planned. The good think about breeding cardinal saltwater fish in aquariums is that even if the first time doesn’t rear any positive results, you can always try again in 4-6 weeks as long as you have healthy and happy cardinal fish.

References: Live Aquaria | Reef Central | Coral Magazine