ORA Breeds Rare Yellow Cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus luteus)

13 Sep, 2017

ORA's latest marine fish introduction; the captive-bred Yellow Cardinalfish.

ORA’s latest marine fish introduction, the captive-bred Yellow Cardinalfish.

File this under “exciting news that somehow was missed!” Earlier this year (on June 16, 2017), ORA introduced another captive-bred first at the hands of their R&D department, this time the rare, brightly-hued Yellow Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus luteus.

This species likely represents the common-sense expansion of production techniques used to breed more commonly-seen related species, specifically the Lattice or Margarita Cardinalfish (O. margaritophorus) and the Yellowstriped Cardinalfish (O. cyanosoma).

Featured earlier in the year by Quality Marine in a Species Spotlight, the Yellow Cardinalfish is a great example of how captive-breeding can expand the diversity of fishes available to the reef aquarium hobbyist. Hailing from Micronesia, and only described as a species in 1998, the Yellow Cardinalfish has a lot going for it and was never common in the aquarium trade as a wild fish. If production and demand are strong, this fish has the potential to become a staple captive-bred item.

Beyond the beautiful yellow color, this is a small Cardinalfish species, not quite making it to 2″ in size as an adult. Furthermore, the fact that Cardinalfishes like this are willing to school and shoal makes this a desirable species for those hoping to emulate this fish behavior in their aquariums. Check out this Fishbase photo of a group in Guam to see what a school of Yellow Cardinalfish might look like in your tank.

A beautiful yellow schooling fish for your reef tank, the rare Micronesian Yellow Cardinalfish from ORA.

A beautiful yellow schooling fish for your reef tank, the rare Micronesian Yellow Cardinalfish from ORA.

ORA is likely looking at a home run with this stunning yellow reef-safe schooling cardinalfish; we’d love to see some examples of them in your tanks in the comments below!

Read more about this newly-bred species on the ORA website: https://www.orafarm.com/product/yellow-cardinal/

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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC, including AMAZONAS & CORAL Magazines. Matt has kept aquariums for 35 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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