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Dispar Anthias

posted: 05/15/12
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Dispar Anthias
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The Dispar Anthias is commonly known as the Madder Seaperch. Males have a bright red dorsal fin and lack any red stripes on their tail. The female may display a yellowish-orange on the top and pale lavender to white on the underside.

The Dispar Anthias is a reef inhabitant in the wild. It is a shallow water species that thrives best in a 500 liter (130 gallon) aquarium with one male and up to ten females. When housed singly, a 100 liter (25 gallon) tank is sufficient.

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.

The Dispar Anthias can be a challenge in coaxing them to eat and may need to be fed two or more times a day. The natural diet includes plankton, but they will adapt to a variety of diets including flake food.

Fish Facts

Name: Dispar Anthias (Mirolabrichthys dispar, Pseudanthias dispar)

Family: Serranidae

Range: West Pacific

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 130 gallons

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

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