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Anthias are very popular fish often seen by divers and snorkeling fans around areas with tropical reefs. Also called Reeffish, Jewel Fish or wreckfish. Even though there's a reputation as being poor shippers, picky eaters, and prone to bacterial and protozoan outbreaks when stressed, Anthias are among the most dazzling reef fish in in the ocean. Fortunately for aquarist, there are some that are both are good shippers and hardy. Anthias are fascinating fish not only in their behavior, but also in their complex ecology and physiology. This group, like other reef fish species, is known as protogynous hermaphrodites, having the ability to change sex into fully functioning adults. Anthias are also sequential hermaphrodites, starting off life as females, and if the conditions are right, later changing sex into a male. This sex change is influenced by the social structure of the harem or group. Only the most dominant females will change into a subordinate male, eventually climbing their way up the ladder to rule the harem as the dominant male if the old ruling male were to perish or is removed from the group due to predation.


Special Note:When you see "Aquarium Conditioned" it means the saltwater fish we ship are guaranteed to have gone through our Conditioning Process which is from 15 days to 30 days long, depending on species. The process includes enough time to let us have confidence sending marine life out knowing they will not be stressed in proper aquarium conditions and they will eat marine food well. During this time the arriving marine species first go through a Quarantine, then go into our aquarium life systems. In our life systems they are placed to put their...fins up for a few weeks while they de-stress getting accustomed to aquarium life. At first we feed a large amount of live food, slowly weaning by mixing healthy species specific frozen foods. Some species are easier to change over than others, but no saltwater fish is ever released unless they are eating well and have a good stomach.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Carberryi Anthias
Nemanthias carberryi
Picture of Fathead Sunburst Anthias


Identification: The Carberryi anthias is a stunning fish from the reefs of Maldives, also known under the name Threadfin Anthias. The Carberryi Anthias is one of the smaller Anthias species with a max size of 3 inches. Carberryi Anthias have a mostly pink body with strong orange highlights and a yellow tail. Male Carberryi Anthias tend to be more colorful as well. In the wild they are often found in groups of thousands of fish. In the aquarium they are best kept in groups with one male and several females. They can sometimes have a hard time acclimatizing to a new aquarium. The presence of another anthias species can make the process easier.

Tank Recommendations: To keep a shoal of Carberryi Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 100 gallons or more. An aquarium of 60-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Carberryi Anthias. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in.

Food and diet: Anthias are planktivores and feed primarily on zooplankton, tiny animals found in the water column. They benefit from several small feedings throughout the day rather than one large feeding. The best feeding for anthias will come from a healthy microinvertebrate population in your aquarium with a constant supply of copepods and amphipods available for food. Having a refugium attached to your aquarium makes the proper supply of food available any time through the steady supply of live food sure to keep any planktivore content. What should you be feeding your anthias? You have to add meaty foods (finely shaved seafood, frozen Cyclops, fish eggs and carnivore foods) at least three times a day. If you do not feed enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3"


$33.99




 Aquarium Conditioned
Bartletts Anthias
Psuedoanthias
Picture of Bartletts Anthias



Identification: Though still considered moderate in the realm of saltwater fish keeping, the Bartlett Anthias is one of the easiest of Anthias to keep. The Bartlett Anthias, like most Anthias, are peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish.The males coloration is brighter. The females tend to be not as brightly colored. Both males and females have a yellow back and yellow caudal fin. The Bartletts Anthias dwells in the middle of a tank but appreciates the availability of several hiding places. Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female will morph to take its place.

TankRecommendations: To keep a shoal of Bartlett's Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 125 gallons or more. An aquarium of 70-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Bartlett anthias. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in.

Food and diet: Anthias are planktivores and feed primarily on zooplankton, tiny animals found in the water column. They benefit from several small feedings throughout the day rather than one large feeding. The best feeding for anthias will come from a healthy microinvertebrate population in your aquarium with a constant supply of copepods and amphipods available for food. Having a refugium attached to your aquarium makes the proper supply of food available any time through the steady supply of live food sure to keep any planktivore content. What should you be feeding your anthias? You have to add meaty foods (finely shaved seafood, frozen Cyclops, fish eggs and carnivore foods) at least three times a day.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" to 1-1/2", Medium 1-1/2" to 2", Large 2" to 3"


Male Small $49.99 Medium $54.99 Large$59.99
Female Small $49.99 Medium $54.99 Large$59.99





Aquarium Conditioned
Ignitus Anthias
Psuedoanthias ignitus
Picture of Ignitus Anthias


Identification: The Ignitus Anthias is a beauty out of the Maldives. Also known as the Flame Anthias, the incredible coloration of brilliant Reds, Oranges, and Lemon Yellow's make this a true beauty for any reef or fish only tank. The Ignitus Anthias is an inhabitant of ocean reefs, mainly residing in the sloped areas. This fish also prefers fast currents within its tank. A genuine ocean reef dweller, like all other Anthias, this species is hermaphroditic where the largest female in a group will change to replace a male that perishes.

TankRecommendations: To keep a shoal of Ignitus Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 125 gallons or more. An aquarium of 70-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Ignitus anthias. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in.

Food and diet: Anthias are planktivores and feed primarily on zooplankton, tiny animals found in the water column. They benefit from several small feedings throughout the day rather than one large feeding. The best feeding for anthias will come from a healthy microinvertebrate population in your aquarium with a constant supply of copepods and amphipods available for food. Having a refugium attached to your aquarium makes the proper supply of food available any time through the steady supply of live food sure to keep any planktivore content. What should you be feeding your anthias? You have to add meaty foods (finely shaved seafood, frozen Cyclops, fish eggs and carnivore foods) at least three times a day.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" - 1-1/4"; Medium: 1-1/2" - 2-1/2"; Large: 2-1/2" - 3"




Small$33.99 Medium $36.99 Large $39.99





Aquarium Conditioned
Geometric Pygmy Perchlet
Plectranthias Inermis
Picture of Geometric Pygmy Perchlet

Identification: The Geometric Pygmy Perchlet also called the Hi Fin Perchlet or Chequered perchlet. With a max size of 2" a personable wonder of the saltwater world, it went from unknown to the trade to mega popular in record time. Discovered in the rubble beds of Cebu and often found among plate corals (fungia sp.), Aquatic Scientists are the first to correct anyone that get it wrong. This is NOT a Hawkfish species, but definitely a anthias specius. They are actually in the Anthiinae subfamily like many other popular Anthias . P. inermis is a great beginner fish that is suitable for all tank sizes, even nano tanks. However their shy and cryptic nature is best suited for smaller set ups where you can observe them more easily.

TankRecommendations: Needs an aquarium 30 gallons or more. A reef inhabitant in the wild, they are most often found within the rubble zones and often found among plate corals. They require an aquarium with live rock for hiding and feeding. They may become aggressive towards other bottom dwelling fish like gobies and blennies.

Food and diet: Anthias are planktivores and feed primarily on zooplankton, tiny animals found in the water column. They benefit from several small feedings throughout the day rather than one large feeding. The best feeding for anthias will come from a healthy microinvertebrate population in your aquarium with a constant supply of copepods and amphipods available for food. Having a refugium attached to your aquarium makes the proper supply of food available any time through the steady supply of live food sure to keep any planktivore content. What should you be feeding your anthias? You have to add meaty foods (finely shaved seafood, frozen Cyclops, fish eggs and carnivore foods) at least three times a day. If you do not feed enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 1-1/2"

$39.99


Aquarium Conditioned
Purple Queen Anthias
Pseudanthias tukas
Picture of Purple Queen Anthias

Identification: :The Purple Queen Anthias is a beautiful fish that requires quite amount of care to well maintain. If able to do so they are a very peaceful Anthias species and look absolutely great in large established reef tanks. Also known as the Tuka Anthias, Purple Queenfish, Yellowstire Anthias, and Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet, it has a purple body with a yellow-orange stripe that runs along the top, all the way to the caudal fin. One of the most beautiful and delicate of the Anthias, the Purple Queen Anthias is only recommended for the advanced aquarist and only when placed in an established reef tank. These guys have super metabolisms and will need to eat four times per day.

TankRecommendations: To keep a shoal of Purple Queen Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 125 gallons or more. An aquarium of 70-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Purple Queen anthias. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in.


Food and diet: Anthias are planktivores and feed primarily on zooplankton, tiny animals found in the water column. They benefit from several small feedings throughout the day rather than one large feeding. The best feeding for anthias will come from a healthy microinvertebrate population in your aquarium with a constant supply of copepods and amphipods available for food. Having a refugium attached to your aquarium makes the proper supply of food available any time through the steady supply of live food sure to keep any planktivore content. What should you be feeding your anthias? You have to add meaty foods (finely shaved seafood, frozen Cyclops, fish eggs and carnivore foods) at least three times a day. If you do not feed enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 3/4" to 1-1/4" Medium 1-1/4" to 2-1/4" Large 2-1/4" to 3-1/2"

Small$39.99 Medium $44.99 Large $49.99


Aquarium Conditioned
Bicolor Anthias
Pseudanthias bicolor
Picture of Bicolor Anthias

Identification: The Bicolor anthias, or Fancy Bass Anthias as it is also called, is one of the largest anthias species available in the trade reaching a maximum size of around 5 inches. Collected around Hawaii it is one of the easiest anthias species to care for. The name Bicolor is both really suitable and simultaneously somewhat misguiding for this species as it in fact displays three colors. The upper half of the body is yellow or orange, the lower half can be anything from an almost white pinkish to pink or purple, and the edges of the fins are deep blue. The Bicolor Anthias is can still be quite sensitive and timid until it has properly acclimatized to your aquarium and then to aquarium life (food, feeding, etc.)

TankRecommendations: To keep a shoal of Bicolor Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 180 gallons or more. An aquarium of 125-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Bicolor anthias. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in.


Food and diet: Anthias are planktivores and feed primarily on zooplankton, tiny animals found in the water column. They benefit from several small feedings throughout the day rather than one large feeding. The best feeding for anthias will come from a healthy microinvertebrate population in your aquarium with a constant supply of copepods and amphipods available for food. Having a refugium attached to your aquarium makes the proper supply of food available any time through the steady supply of live food sure to keep any planktivore content. What should you be feeding your anthias? You have to add meaty foods (finely shaved seafood, frozen Cyclops, fish eggs and carnivore foods) at least three times a day. If you do not feed enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1 1/2" to 2" Medium 2" to 3" Large 3" to 4"

Small$39.99 Medium $44.99 Large $49.99


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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.