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Lyretail Anthias

Greek Name: Pseudanthias squamipinnis

$39.99

The Lyretail Anthias is the social butterfly in marine aquariums. The fish that is so attractive and is extremely active draws out smaller fish that are part of the aquarium. The Lyretail Anthias can also be referred to by the name of Scalefin and males are characterized by vibrant red hues of various hues, while female Lyretail Anthias has more orange in its coloring.

It is believed that the Lyretail Anthias does best when kept in a group and kept in an aquarium that is specific to the species, at minimum 125 gallons. Male Lyretail Anthias should be kept in a group or with a few females. Although the Lyretail Anthias generally occupy the middle of the tank It appreciates the presence of numerous hiding places.

Anthias species share the feature of being hermaphroditic. If the dominant male dies the most dominant female of the group may change into a male succeeding him.

After settling into a newly installed aquarium, These saltwater fish thrive optimally when given a variety of diets consisting of frozen mysis shrimp and brine shrimp and eventually, they will consume high-quality flake food in small amounts throughout the daytime. A separate refugium for the cultivation of amphipods and copepods will provide an ongoing supply of healthy living food to maintain the active planktivore levels.

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

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Category:

Care Level

Moderate

Temperament

Semi-aggressive

Color Form

Orange, Red

Diet

Carnivore

Reef Compatible

Yes

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

5"

Origin

Fiji, Indonesia, Melanesia

Family

Serranidae

Minimum Tank

125 gallons

Description

General information about Lyretail Anthias

The Lyretail Anthias is the social butterfly in marine aquariums. The fish is so attractive and is extremely active and can draw attention to larger fish that live in the aquarium. Lyretail Anthias males have a bright red coloration with varying colors and patterns, while females tend to be more orange in coloration. It is believed that the Lyretail Anthias does best when kept in a group, and in a species-specific large aquarium. Male Lyretail Anthias should be kept in a group or with a few females. Although Lyretail Anthias generally occupy the middle of the home aquarium it appreciates the presence of numerous hiding places. The Anthias species share the characteristic of being hermaphroditic. When a dominant male dies the biggest female in the group is likely to transform into a male to replace him.

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small