Fish Species

Flame Cardinal Fish

Flame Cardinal Fish - Description

The Flame Cardinal Fish is also known as the Spotted Cardinal or Flame Fish. It is a nocturnal fish and spends the day hiding in caves and rock crevices.

It is important to ensure it is housed in a tank with plenty of planting and hiding places. It is an ideal choice for the beginner as it is hardy and easy to feed.

Popular Name: Flame Cardinal Fish
Species: Apogon maculatus

Profile of the Flame Cardinal Fish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Flame Cardinal Fish species.

  • Size: up to 11cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Mysis Shrimp, Bloodworms, Dried Food

  • Temperament: Aggressive to other Cardinal Fish, Keep a single specimen or a mating pair together

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dweller at depths of up to 128m

  • Behaviour: Need plenty of planting and caves to hide in, Peaceful towards other fish species

  • Range: Western Atlantic

Scientific Classification of the Flame Cardinal Fish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Apogon maculatus

  • Popular Name: Flame Cardinal Fish - Flame Fish - Flame Cardinal

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Apogonidae


Aquarium Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Flame Cardinal Fish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi,
Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral.

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