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Lyretail Anthias

posted: 05/15/12
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Lyretail Anthias
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The Lyretail Anthias is also known as the Scalefin. The males have reddish hues, while the females tend to be more orange.

The Lyretail Anthias does best when kept in a species-specific tank of at least 500 liters (130 gallons) for a group. Males are best kept alone with several females, or singly in a 100 liter (25 gallon) tank. A marine species, 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.

The diet is consistent with other members of the Anthias group — zooplankton and floating filamentous algae. In the aquarium, it should be fed a varied diet of mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, frozen preparations, and other meaty items for zooplankton feeders, several times daily.

Fish Facts

Name: Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squampinnis)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Tonga/Fiji

Size: Up to 5 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 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

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