Lyretail Anthias - Pseudanthias squamipinnis - Small Female
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Item # 216787 / Manufacturer Part # F91 0007 0650
The Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) is also known as the Warpaint Anthias for its vivid markings, especially in the males. The exact coloration can vary, depending on the region the fish was collected in, but follows the same general pattern. The male 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 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. These anthias are more aggressive and territorial than other anthias species and should be kept alone or in large groups (one male to six or more females).
Anthias are closely related to the often large and aggressive predators known collectively as Groupers but have much more peaceful temperaments. Within the Anthinnae subfamily, the temperament can still range from very passive and docile to downright bold but most are still peaceful compared to many of the other fish reputed to be "aggressive" and "territorial". Most anthias are shades of pink, red, orange and yellow; colors that help them blend in in the deeper waters many are found in. Size can also range between species but most anthias are under around 7-8 inches in length and the majority available in the aquarium trade are around 3-5 inches in length.
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. A healthy microinvertebrate population in the aquarium with a constant supply of food items like copepods and amphipods is beneficial but most anthias can be weaned onto frozen and prepared zooplanktons, Cyclop-eeze, mysis shrimp, baby brine shrimp and similar items.
These fish are best kept in small harems of one male to several juveniles or females. If the aquarium cannot handle a group of 5 or more fish, most anthias can be kept alone or occasionally in a male-female pair. Suitable tankmates for anthias would be peaceful fish that will not harass these docile fish or outcompete them for food. Stressed anthias have been known to jump from an aquarium. Anthias are Reef Safe and are not normally known to bother corals or invertebrates.
More information about the social structure and gender among anthias groups can be found on That Fish Blog from our staff marine biologists.
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Lyretail Anthias 1/24/2015
Reviewer: Rob A.
Awesome fish. Very active fish that adds great color and movement to your aquarium. 1 male with 2 females makes a great addition to larger aquariums