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Purple Queen Anthias

posted: 05/15/12
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Purple Queen Anthias
Courtesy of Drs. Foster and Smith
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First discovered in 1927 off the coast of New Caledonia, the Purple Queen or Queen Purple Anthias, is also known as an Amethyst or Sailfin Anthias, reflecting its brilliant color and dorsal fin. Predominantly bright purple, this color is accentuated by an orange band that extends from the tip of the nose to the base of the pectoral fin.

As is true with most Anthias species, they swim in the middle of the tank environment but appreciate plenty of caves and hiding places. If keeping a group of Purple Queen Anthias, it is best to have one male with several females in a 500 liter (130 gallon) tank. If kept alone, a 150 liter (40 gallon) tank is sufficient. A difficult specimen to keep, the Purple Queen may refuse to eat and become invaded by bacteria or parasites as a result of malnutrition and stress.

The Purple Queen Anthias would do best with a constant infusion of live foods. Otherwise, they should be fed a varied diet of mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, frozen preparations and other meaty items for zooplankton feeders at least 4 times a day.

Fish Facts

Name: Purple Queen Anthias (Mirolabrichthys tuka)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Pacific

Size: Up to 7 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: Experts only

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