Ostorhinchus cyanosoma
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Facts

Latin name Ostorhinchus cyanosoma - (Bleeker, 1853)
Common name Yellowstriped Cardinalfish
Family Apogonidae - Ostorhinchus
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific
Max length 8.0 cm (3.1")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 100 l (26 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for most aquarium
Reef safe Always reef safe
Aggressiveness Peaceful

Food

Recommended
  • Zooplankton (Cyclops, pods...)
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)

Can be a threat towards small crustaceans

This species can be a threat towards small crustaceans, e.g. small shrimp.

Hiding places

This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.

Can coexist with its own species

Several specimen of this species can coexist in the same aquarium, provided they are introduced simultaneously.

Cyanosoma complex

This species belongs to what is known as the Cyanosoma complex, which consists of, all in all five similar species.

Ostorhinchus cyanosoma
Ostorhinchus luteus
Ostorhinchus properupta
Ostorhinchus ribrimacula
Ostorhinchus wassinki

The classification of these species are still debated. 

Hides in sea urchin spines

This species, on occasion, likes to hide in the spines of Diadema sea urchins.

Hides itself amongst anemones

This species can sometimes be found hiding between anemones or similar.

Formerly classified as Apogon

Species are sometimes reclassified. This species was formerly classified as a member of the Apogon genus.

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 Yes
Distribution Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to Mozambique and east to Fiji, north to the Ryukyu and Bonin islands, south to New Caledonia. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
English common names Yellow cardinalfish, Yellow-striped cardinalfish, Goldenstriped cardinalfish, Orange-lined cardinalfish, Orangelined cardinalfish
Danish common names Gulstribet kardinalfisk
French common names Apogon à rayures jaunes

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).

Tags

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