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Painted Goldie

posted: 05/15/12
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Painted Goldie
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Also referred to as the Pictilis Anthias, the Painted Goldie is pinkish-blue, with a large blue oval on the caudal fin, and bright orange-red coloration on the rear 1/3 of the body.

It does well as the only male in a tank with other females of the same species. Although a 100 liter (25 gallon) tank will suffice for one fish, if keeping a group, you may need up to a 500 liter (130 gallon) tank. It prefers a tank with multiple hiding places and caves.

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 of the Painted Goldie is similar to that of other Anthias species — zooplankton and floating filamentous algae.

Fish Facts

Name: Painted Goldie (Pseudanthias pictilis)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Australia

Size: Up to 6 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: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

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