For me, I’ve so far failed in several of my attempts that I’ve decided it’s best to leave this fish alone to the experts. Nonetheless, I will keep my options open and will definitely try again provided there is a chance when I have more time to spend looking after my pet fish. Based on my research, there are several species that made up this diverse fancy basses member. One which I owned and among the most commonly found is the lyretail anthias which has an uncanny resemblance to some freshwater fish. The sunburst or some would call it as fathead anthias has glowing pink body with the front head appearing slightly larger. The dispar or sometimes called redfin anthias (due to their unique fin coloration) is another common species which you will come across and the other is the Bartletts with one half of their body in purple and the other half yellow including the tail. You can refer to the pictures provided below for easy identification. Note that anthias is sexual dimorphism species meaning that there is a difference between the male and female fish in terms of structural buildup, body size and color which you can make out. Male lyretails for example are larger in size and the fins will extend longer compared to the females.
Aquariums that house the fish need to have a good circulation system with strong current and movement powered by a tank filter unit so that water can also be cleaned at the same time. The fish will mostly prefer to feed on meaty diet and thus crustaceans and brine shrimps will qualify as excellent food options. It would be a good idea to keep them in a reef tank because the species with their behavioral instinct will always need hiding places for them to feel secure. Male anthias can be very territorial and usually they will swim in a group accompanied by a number of female fish. If perfectly cared for, they will present a stunning display of underwater reef world as they actively swim around, moving gracefully as they go about with their daily activities.
Other saltwater marine fish stocking options:
Clownfish, Royal Gramma, Triggerfish, Seahorses, Wrasse and Jawfish
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