Aquarium fish Cardinal (lat. Tanichthys albonubes) – a small fish with a narrow body and an elongated head. Cardinals grow to 2-3 centimeters.
In the middle of the body there is a golden band, and a characteristic black mark can be seen near the base of the tail. The abdomen of representatives of this species is white-silver, and the back and head are brown-yellow.
The fins are colored lemon yellow. Dorsal and ventral fins have a red border, and pectoral fins are black.
The corners of the red tail are transparent.
Particularly beautiful is the voila variety of the Cardinal: it has large fins and a rich color. In females, the color is paler and the abdomen is noticeably rounded.
On average, the cardinal fish lives in captivity for 3 years.
- These are not conflict and peaceful inhabitants of the waters, which it is better to keep in flocks of at least 8 individuals. Otherwise, the fish will be shy.
- Swim in the upper layers of water, so that the presence of the cover of the aquarium is necessary.
- 7 individuals need 30 liters of water. The ideal temperature is 23-25 degrees.
- The tank should be equipped with a filter and aerator.
- The optimal parameters of water: pH – up to 6.5, dH – up to 8. Once every 7-10 days a quarter of water needs to be changed. Sand or small pebbles are suitable as substrates.
- Do not plant all free space with algae (maximum in the corners or near the glass). Elodea, fern, Ludwigia will suit you; you can use duckweed or water cabbage.
- The lighting should be bright, preferably the presence of a lamp that enhances the color of the fish.
- You can feed the finished mixtures, live and frozen feed.