The Pterapogon kauderni, from the Apogonidae family, is the only member of its genus and is restricted to the Banggai Islands of Indonesia. Known more commonly as the Banggai Cardinalfish, these fish have a silver grey body with long, gold, elegant fins and are highlighted by distinct black lines and tiny white dots. Once discovered among reefers, these beautiful fish quickly became popular and demand for them grew. Their quick spark in demand led to overfishing of the Banggai’s wild population and a sharp decline in their population size, leading them to be listed as endangered by the IUCN. In the past few years, their wild population has been slowly regaining its numbers through efforts of captive breeding though aquaculture and mariculture.
Due to their fragile wild population, it is now more than ever important for reef enthusiasts to choose Banggai’s that are captive bred through mariculture and aquaculture. Not only will choosing captive-bred Banggai’s support the growth of their native population, but they are much easier to acclimate to a reef tank and tend to live longer and healthier lives. Banggai’s prefer a larger tank size, at least 30 gallons, and need a cave or hiding spot for protection. They prefer peaceful tank partners and because they travel in groups in the wild, prefer to live with at least a few other Banggai’s. Banggai’s should be fed a well balanced diet of frozen or fresh meaty foods such as feeder shrimp and live feeder fish.
These stunning black, grey, and gold specimens are a great option for beginner reef enthusiasts and will add an unmatched beauty to any reef tank.