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Care Level: Moderate
Color Form: Orange, Red
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 5"
Origin: Africa, Kenya,
Minimum Tank Size: 125
The Indian Ocean Lyretail Anthias is also known as the
Scalefin. The males have reddish hues, while the females tend to be more
orange. They are active and help to draw out shier fish that share the tank
The Indian Ocean Lyretail Anthias does best when kept in
a species-specific tank of at least 125-gallons for a group. Males are best
kept alone with several females, or singly. The 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 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