Care Level: Moderate
Color Form: Orange,
Pink, Red, White
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 4"
Minimum Tank Size: 70
The Bleeding Heart Anthias is also known as Red Bar
Anthias. Males have a light pink color body with vertical red bar in the
mid-section of the body. Females display more orange with a silvery belly and
red tail. Males and females both sport a light blue edging around most of their
fins. Red-Bar Anthias have a wide range from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean
from East Africa, to Samoa, Japan and Australia.
Red-Bar Anthias generally stay in the middle levels of
the tank, but also require plenty of caves, ledges, and other hiding places.
They can grow to a length of approximately 4?. Although a 70-gallon tank will
suffice for one fish, if keeping a group of one male and several females, a
125-gallon tank or larger tank is needed.
Anthias species all share the trait of being
hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group
will often morph to take its place.
Once acclimated to a new aquarium, Anthias do best when
fed a varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and
over time may eat high-quality flake foods offered in small quantities
throughout the day. An attached refugium cultivating copepods and amphipods
provides a steady supply of nutritious live food sure to keep this active