Pjama Cardinal

Pyjama Cardinal

The Pajama Cardinal is most certainly a extremely peculiar fish in regards to its appearance and behavioural manner. Its appearance consists of a silver based body coated in a red dotted back section, a black criss-cross mid section and a silver/yellow front section, all topped off with bright red eyes. Though it most definitely looks flamboyant, its personality is on the other spectrum and it holds a rather peaceful and elegant behaviour.  

This unique fish is not very active  and you can get away with homing it in a 40 litre tank size or more. It is a slow and patient swimmer and therefore should not be kept with the more aggressive classed fish. However, it has been known to have a aggressive behaviour towards the same species if kept in larger groups, the most they should be kept at is maybe 3-4 in order to eradicate this issue. 

These fish are relatively easy to care for and are most definitely a great addition to any tank. When fed well and kept in the correct conditions, this fish will stand out in all fish systems. 

The Pajama Cardinalfish must be offered a variety of meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, but also thrives on pellets and flakes.

Minimum Tank Size40 Litres
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 3½"
Colour Form: Green, White
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Apogonidae
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Sri Lanka

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I have a school of 7 pajama cardinals and they are a great addition to my tank. There are three males in the school and the biggest is almost 3-1/2 inches! They truely are beautiful fish. Very hardy and a great addition to any aquarium!

  2. These little guys are so cute! I have one as of now (I am going to get more soon), and he comes out at about 6:00 pm or so even if the main lights are still on – he comes looking for food! I would recommend getting a small LED lunar light so you can see these guy’s nocturnal instincts. They are carnivores so you may need to have frozen or live foods for them, but they are a joy to have!

  3. I bought one of these last week. Its swimming around all the time. He’s not bothered by the flow but was bothered by a massive aggressive damsel in the tank but i have now put the damsel into my qt. The cardinal never hides at all now. A lovely fish

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