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Anthias

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.


Aquarium Conditioned Fathead Sunburst Anthias
(Serranocirrhitus latus)
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Description The Fathead Sunburst Anthias also known as the Fathead Anthias requires several caves or hiding places where it can rest and avoid intense reef lighting. Anthias species are all hermaphroditic. This means that if a dominant male dies, the largest female will often morph into a male and take its place in the hierarchy. These fish are completely reef safe and should not bother any corals, clams, or invertebrates. They are best kept singly unless you have a larger tank of 100 gallons or more. When keeping in groups it is best to select individuals of various sizes and to add them all at the same time. Suitable tankmates include other passive such as gobies, basslets, small wrasses, pygmy angels, and small tangs. Feed frozen preparations containing mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, and other finely chopped marine meats twice per day.

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 the active squareblock anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.



Tank Requirements: The Fathead/Sunburst Anthias requires a tank of at least 70 gallons. Anthias do not like a great deal of light therefore they need low-to-moderate light with lots of hiding places. It is best housed with peaceful tankmates such as gobies. If keeping more than one, it is ideal to introduce all anthias at the same time.

Level of Care: Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, Not Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Great for a reef aquarium!

approximate purchase size: 1.25" to 2.25"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours

$99.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Dispar Anthias
(Pseudanthias Dispar)
Picture of the Dispar Anthias

Description: Dispar Anthias are found primarily in the western Pacific eastward to Samoa. Also called the the Madder Seaperch, redfin anthias, or Peach Anthias. They are a smaller species with Males reaching a maximum size of a little under 4 inches in the wild and females less than that. The Dispar Anthias has an orange to lavender body. Males have a brighter red dorsal fin yhan the females do and males lack any red on their tail. The female has red on the tail and may display a yellowish-orange on the top and pale lavender to white on the underside. Dispar Anthias are an open water swimmer that does very well in groups which are called shoals. You can expect to see them throughout the day swimming in the main water column of your aquarium together. A Peaceful fish, don't keep Dispar anthias with aggressive or large fish species. They do best when you keep a group of 6-10 dispar anthias together. Don't keep a solitary speciman in your tank - they need other anthias friends. Keeping several members of the same species is best, but they do sometimes associate with other closely related anthias species. They are also more likely to feed in captivity if there are several other members of their species present. If purchasing more than one, order one male to go with 6 or more females. This species is often found schooling with the Lyretail anthias and is best housed with non-aggressive tankmates.

Dispar Anthias like all anthias are a hermaphroditic species and in the absence of a dominant male, the dominant female of the group morphs into a male to take its place. Therefore if you purchase a group of Dispar Anthias and place them in your tank if there is not a male present the most dominant female will become the male.

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 the active squareblock anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: Dispar Anthias are a relatively shallow water shoaling species and as such they can do well in brightly lit reef aquaria. Many other Anthias can not handle bright lighting. Tanks less than 100 gallons should not house more than one male with six or more females. Larger tanks can house more males.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Moderate

approximate purchase size: 2" - 3"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours

$37.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Evansi Anthias
(Pseudanthias evansi)
Picture of Evansi Anthias

Description The Evansi Anthias, Pseudanthias evansi, is also known as Evan's Anthias, or the Yellowtail Goldie. A super bright and colorful anthias, perfect for a reef aquarium. They have a long slender body with the upper half being covered in yellow and bottom half in pink. Like many Anthias they are an open water swimmer that does very well in groups which are called shoals. You can expect to see them throughout the day swimming in the main water column of your aquarium together. A Peaceful fish, don't keep Evansi with aggressive or any large fish species. They do best when you keep a group of 4-8 Evansi anthias together. Don't keep a solitary speciman in your tank - they need other anthias friends. They are also more likely to feed in captivity if there are several other members of their species present. Evansi Anthias like most anthias are a hermaphroditic species and in the absence of a dominant male, the dominant female of the group morphs into a male to take its place. Therefore if you purchase a group and place them in your tank if there is not a male present the most dominant female will become the male.

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 the active squareblock anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: Keep with peaceful fish. Do not keep with aggressive or very large fish. If keeping more than one Evansi, it is best to have one male with several females in a 125 gallon tank or larger. Evansi if kept alone may be kept in a 75 gallon tank.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, Not Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival

approximate purchase size: 2" - 3"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours

$59.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Squareback Anthias
(Pseudanthias Pleurotaenia)
Picture of Squareback Anthias

Description: Unforgettable combination of colors the Squareback Anthias, Pseudanthias pleurotaenia is also known as the Pink Square Anthias, Squarespot Anthias, Purple Blotch Basslet, or Squareblock Anthias. While all the anthias can be a bit challenging to keep long-term, the squareback anthias is one of the easier species to maintain. Many of the anthias species are bright colored, but only a few can match the glowing color of the adult male Squareback Anthias. The Bright Pinkish tint of the Squareback under a proper diet will glow like a store-front sign. Under evening aquarium lighting there's not many fish that look much better. The squareblock anthias larger size makes it an even more stunning addition to the home aquarium. The male squareblock anthias has orange and magenta colors with a brilliant pink square on each flank. This marking serves to signal females and rival males in its natural habitat. At the depths the squareblock anthias is usually found, the square glows, making the male Pseudanthias pleurotaenia even more conspicuous. The female squareblock anthias are yellow, and their scales are edged in orange and violet-edged yellow lines that run from the eye to the origin of the tail. Most people are drawn to keeping anthias after they see a group of them, called a shoal. It's an unforgettable sight! The only problem is that this scene can be difficult to replicate in the home aquarium unless you are planning a large home aquarium. To keep a shoal of Squareback Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 150 to 180 gallons or more. An aquarium of 55-gallons is sufficient for a solitary squareblock anthias, but a much larger aquarium is required to keep a shoal of this fish.

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 the active squareblock anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: To keep a shoal of Squareback Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 150 to 180 gallons or more. An aquarium of 60-gallons is sufficient for a solitary squareblock anthias, but a much larger aquarium is required to keep a shoal of this fish. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Moderate but one of the easier anthias to keep

Approximate purchase size: 3-1/4" to 4-1/2"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours

Male $64.99 Female $42.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Lyretail Anthias
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Picture of Lyretail Anthias

Description:The Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) is a true beauty which comes from the waters of the Indian Ocean. One of the more popular home tank anthias it is also sometimes called Warpaint Anthias for its vivid markings, especially in the males. Relatively hardy, they usually eat very well, and adapt readily to captive life. They are an excellent choice for the first time anthias keeper. Lyretail anthias are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning they all start life as females. The dominant fish will turn into a male, changing not only sex, but color and pattern. The male will keep a harem of several females. Because of this social dynamic, there is constant jockeying for dominance within the group.

The male of the Lyretail Anthias has an orange-red body with yellow scales on the sides, elongated rays in the dorsal fin, a forked tail, and long pelvic fins. Males are generally darker than females and have large red spots on the pectoral fins. The female has a light yellow/orange body with elongated rays in the dorsal fin, a forked tail, and long pelvic fins. A purple stripe extends across the cheek to the pectoral fins of both males and females. The Lyretail Anthias is best kept in small harems of one male to several females. If the aquarium cannot handle a group of 3 or more anthias in a male-female harem, then it is best to keep only 1 in the tank.


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 the active Lyretail Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: To keep a shoal of Lyretail Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 125 gallons or more. An aquarium of 60-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Lyretail anthias, but a much larger aquarium is required to keep a shoal of this fish. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Still considered Moderate but one of the easier anthias species to maintain.

approximate purchase size: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours

Males $37.99 Female $27.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Randall's Anthias
(Pseudanthias randalli)
Picture of Randalli Anthias


Description: Living in the Central Pacific and Marshall Islands the Randall's Anthias is also called the Randall's Fairy Anthias and Randall's Fairy Basslet. Randall's Anthias, like most Anthias, are peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful reef tank community fish. The Randall's Anthias is one of the smaller Anthias species with a max size of 3 inches. Male Randall's Anthias' sometimes become striped in red and magenta while females will have a yellow nose. The Randall's Anthias dwells in the lower portion 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. If two or more females are placed into the aquarium, one of the females will change into a male.

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 the active Randall's Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: To keep a shoal of Randall's Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 100 gallons or more. An aquarium of 60-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Randall's anthias. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Moderate

approximate purchase size: 2" to 3"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours

$59.99 each or Group of 4 $219.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Threadfin or Carberryi or Threadfin Anthias
(Nemanthias carberryi)
Picture of Carberryi Anthias
Description 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.

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 the active Carberryi Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: 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. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Moderate

approximate purchase size: 2" to 3"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours
$34.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Bartletts Anthias
(Psuedoanthias bartlettorum)
Picture of Bartletts Anthias
Description: 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. If two females or more females are placed into the aquarium, one of the females will change into a male.
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 the active Bartlett Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.
Tank Requirements: 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. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Still considered Moderate but one of the easier anthias species to maintain.

approximate purchase size:Small 1" to 1-1/2", Medium 1-1/2" to 2", Large 2" to 3"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours



Males - Small $54.99 Medium $59.99 Large $69.99
Females - Small $54.99 Medium $59.99 Large $69.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Ignitus Anthias
(Psuedoanthias ignitus)
Picture of Ignitus Anthias
Description 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. 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.

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 the active Ignitus anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: 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. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Still considered Moderate but one of the easier anthias species to maintain.

approximate purchase size:1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours


$39.99

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


Description: The Geometric Pygmy Perchlet also called the Hi Fin Perchlet or Chequered perchlet. A tiny 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. Like all anthias, do not let their tiny nature fool you. Although P. inermis is one of the smallest in the genus, they are not delicate like some species of nano gobies. Bold, yet not aggressive. If you like something that keeps to your rock work and corals, and you know where to look for them, then P. inermis is the perfect fish for you.

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 two times a day.

Tank Requirements: Needs an aquarium 20 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.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Still considered Moderate but one of the easier anthias species to maintain.

approximate purchase size:1 to 1-1/2"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours

$39.99

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Aquarium Conditioned Purple Queen Anthias
(Pseudanthias tuka)
Picture of Purple Queen Anthias


Description 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.

Diet: With a super metabolism The Purple Queen Anthias will need to eat four times per day. 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 the active Purple Queen Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: 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. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, Not Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival

approximate purchase size:2-1/4 to 3-1/2"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 4 hours


$49.99
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Aquarium Conditioned Bicolor Anthias
(Pseudanthias bicolor)
Picture of Hawaiin Bicolor Anthias

Description 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 as earlier mentioned one of the easiest anthias species to care for but it can still be quite sensitive and timid until it has properly acclimatized to first your aquarium and then to aquarium life (food, feeding, etc.) When first introducing them to your aquarium you should allow them to acclimate with the drip method for 3-4 hours before releasing them. It is important that there are no aggressive fish to harass them especially during the first few weeks until they have made themselves at home in their tank, so it is a good idea to make this one of the first species introduced to your aquarium. Once they feel at home they can be kept with other peaceful fish. Bicolor anthias can be kept in groups with one male and several females called a shoal,or as a solitary fish. Never keep more than one male in the same aquarium.

Diet: Like other anthias 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 the Bicolor Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: To keep a shoal of Bicolor Anthias, you will need an aquarium of 150 gallons or more. An aquarium of 70-gallons is sufficient for a solitary Bicolor anthias. Requires rockwork to swim through and hide in. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Still considered Moderate but one of the easier anthias species to maintain.

approximate purchase size:3-1/4" to 5"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 3 hours


$79.99


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Aquarium Conditioned Japanese Borbonius Anthias
(Odontanthias borbonius)
Picture of Japanese Borbonius Anthias also called the Blotched Anthias

Description The Borbonius Anthias (Odontanthias borbonius), also known as the Spotted Anthias, Checked Anthias , or Blotched Anthias, are true beauties of the sea and deeply loved by both reef and anthias enthusiasts everywhere. While not inexpensive, this small (to 15 cm or about 6 inches) fish is a real beauty to behold and, given the right environment and husbandry, it is not exceptionally difficult to keep. While it can be found in the Indo-Pacific from South Africa to Palau to Indonesia, it is most commonly associated with the rocky reefs of subtropical Japan (hence the common name Japanese Borbonius Anthias) where they are most commonly collected at depths of more than 200 foot deep. Hence the price. With a pink background covered with blotchey golden markings they make for an unforgetable addition to your aquarium. Because anthias such as the Borbonius Anthias require more feedings than many other species of marine aquarium fishes, it is generally advisable to provide hefty filtration including an excellent protein skimmer. Keeping the water quality high and stable will go a long way to reducing stress.

Diet: Like other anthias 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 the Borbonius Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: The Borbonius Anthias often will be the crown to the reef aquarium. But to have the best chance of success the aquarium needs to be large, and the deeper the better. Since it originates from deep waters, the Borbonius Anthias prefers to occupy the lower regions of the aquarium. It must have plenty of liverock to swim through and hide in when it feels the need. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, Not Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival

approximate purchase size:Small: 1" to 1-3/4"; Medium: 1-3/4" to 2-1/2"; Large: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 4 hours


Small $319.99 Medium $339.99 Large $379.99


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Aquarium Conditioned Red Saddle Anthias
(Pseudanthias flavoguttatus)
Picture of Red Saddle Anthias

Description The Red Saddled Anthias also called the Flavoguttatus Anthias are found from Japan, through the Philippines and Palau, and west through Bali and Christmas Islands in the southeast Indian Ocean. Collected by deepwater divers at depths between 85 to about 200 feet. A long slender white body with various red saddle markings along its back, give this deepwater anthias the name Red Saddled Anthias. Growing only to a maximum adult size of around 4 inches, they do very well in small groups of all females or all females with one male. With the lack of a male, the dominant Female Red Saddled Anthias will turn into a male. Red Saddled Anthias are peaceful fish and will not bother other fish, inverts of coral found in reef tanks. This makes them a great addition to reef tanks. Red Saddled Anthias are deep water anthias, so they typically do not do well with bright lights and higher temperatures sometimes found in some reef tanks. Since the Red Saddle is a deep water anthias it requires a dimly lit aquarium, along with some rocky areas and strong water movement. Some rock overhangs help give the Flavoguttatus even more shade from light so we recommend having a few shaded areas as well. Tankmates need to be peaceful species that also will do well in lower light aquariums.

Diet: Like other anthias 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 the the Flavoguttatus anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: There are only a few species of deepwater Anthias from the Pacific that stay small enough to do well in mid-sized reef aquariums. Minimum size for a single Red Saddle Anthias is 70 gallons and for a shoal we recommend 125 gallons or larger. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments. Unlike most other Anthias species, the Red Saddled Anthias can be far more reclusive and easily startled in larger reef aquaria when maintained with large active fishes, and often times will not fully settle in and can starve trying to compete for food. To avoid this, the best method for their introduction into home displays is to add them to a well established aquarium first, prior to the introduction of larger or more active species. This will allow them to settle in properly and learn the terrain with little to no competition from existing tankmates. In a matter of several weeks, when offered small quantities of food often, they should be out in the open the majority of the day for all to enjoy.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, Not Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival

approximate purchase size:Juvenile/Female: less than 2"; Sub adult/Male: 2" to 3"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 4 hours


Aquarium Conditioned Bimaculatus Anthias
(Pseudanthias bimaculatus)
Picture of Bimaculatus Anthias

Description Bimaculatus Anthias is commonly referred to as the Twospot or Twinspot Anthias and also called the Bimac Anthias and the Purple Goldie.. Found along reefs in the Indo-West Pacific from East Africa, to the Maldives, and Indonesia. A deep water species typically found by coastal drop-offs the Bimaculatus are peaceful aquarium inhabitants and will rarely bother their tankmates. The only exception seems to be males of the same species. This species may also be aggressive to other anthias species. They are a medium-sized anthias reaching a maximum of 5 inches at adulthood. This species is sexually dimorphic, meaning the males and females have differing physical characteristics. Pseudanthias bimaculatus males are primarily red with jagged pink lines along the body. Males will have a red tail with clear to white tips. Males will typically have yellow highlights on the tail, anal fins, and head area. Males also have one or two spots on their dorsal fin, hence the scientific name 'bimaculatus', meaning two spots. Females will be primarily pink with yellow fins and tail. Females will typically have a yellow line stretching across the head through their eyes.

Diet: Like other anthias 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 the the Bimaculatus Anthias enough food, it will become more and more emaciated and will gradually perish.

Tank Requirements: The Bimaculatus Anthias does best when kept with its own species in a tank of at least 125 gallons. Make sure the tank has adequate live rock including some overhangs for the Bimaculatus to relax under when they want to be in even less light. Many of the anthias that live at greater depths lose their bright colors with time in captivity. It has been suggested that this occurs because of being kept under unnaturally bright lighting. The intense lighting often found over reef aquariums, may actually cause anthias fish to fade. The best way to maintain color intensity is to keep anthias in a moderately lit aquarium (e.g., a deepwater reef aquarium with slightly less bright lighting) and to feed a varied diet high in color-enhancing pigments. Unlike most other Anthias species, the Red Saddled Anthias can be far more reclusive and easily startled in larger reef aquaria when maintained with large active fishes, and often times will not fully settle in and can starve trying to compete for food. To avoid this, the best method for their introduction into home displays is to add them to a well established aquarium first, prior to the introduction of larger or more active species. This will allow them to settle in properly and learn the terrain with little to no competition from existing tankmates. In a matter of several weeks, when offered small quantities of food often, they should be out in the open the majority of the day for all to enjoy.

Reef Aquarium Compatibility: Excellent

Level of Care: Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, Not Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival

approximate purchase size:Small: 2" to 3" Medium: 3" to 4" Large: 4" to 5"

Necessary Drip Acclimation Time: 4 hours




*Guarantee Restriction: There may be certain species on this page that DO NOT HAVE a guarantee beyond live arrival for one or more reasons. The marine life with a live arrival guarantee only are labeled under their Level of care as "Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, Not Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival". Reasons include: Some species do not handle stress from environmental conditions well. Other reasons include species that require very perfect water quality. Others may not be able to handle from any harassment from tank mates or from being confined to aquarium conditions. Other species when stressed lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species have such specialized feeding requirements that it is difficult recreate in an aquarium and succumb to malnutrition. We strongly suggest leaving these animal species for the Expert or Very Advanced Aquarist.

Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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