Apogon americanus
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Facts

Latin name Apogon americanus - Castelnau, 1855
Common name Brazilian flamefish
Family Apogonidae - Apogon
Origin The Mexican Golf, West Atlantic
Max length 10.0 cm (3.9")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 100 l (26 gal)
Hardiness Unknown
Suitable for aquarium Unknown
Reef safe Unknown
Aggressiveness Unknown

Food

Mostly
  • Larger crustaceans (Shrimp, crabs...)
Recommended
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)

Insufficient information

There is little available knowledge of this species, so there can be important information missing on this page.

Family description (Apogonidae)

Cardinalfish come in many different shapes and colours, generally they are well suited for aquaria.

Cardinalfish have a large mouth and a big appetite, take this into account with feeding  the other fish. These fish typically live off of Artemia, Mysis and krill. In the aquarium they will eat anything they can.

They will sometimes eat small shrimps and fish, so do be aware of this, but it is not normally a problem.

It is possible to keep several species together, if space allows. Some species will form  small shoals. They are normally peaceful towards other fish, but will sometimes fight among themselves if there isn't sufficient space or food.

Many species are nocturnal and will therefore often seek a hiding place during the day. This can be between stones, SPS corals and, in some cases, in an anemone and between spines of Sea urchins.

Cardinalfish are a good choice if ones wishes to attempt to start a breeding tank.

FishBase

Aquarium trade Rarely
Distribution Southwest Atlantic and Eastern Central Atlantic: endemic to Brazil, including Fernando de Noronha Archipelago and St. Paul's Rocks.
English common names Brazilian flamefish

References and further reading

About references

Scott W. Michael. 2001. Basslets, Dottybacks & Hawkfishes: v. 2 (Reef Fishes) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Cardinalfishes, Family Apogonidae, Pt. 1Pt. 2 - Wet Web Media - (English)

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).

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