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Tricolor Anthias

posted: 05/15/12
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Tricolor Anthias
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The Tricolor Anthias is one of the Anthias groups that is moderately easy to keep. Once thought to be the same fish as the Striped Anthias, this was resolved by territorial identification with the Striped Anthias being endemic to the Red Sea, while the Tricolor Anthias is found in the Red Sea and along the Great Barrier Reef. The Tricolor Anthias is also referred to as the Red Fairy Basslet, Silver Streak, or Kashiwae Anthias. A well developed lateral red bar and a red caudal fin differentiate the male from a female which only has red tips on the caudal fin and a pinkish-orange body color.

This is one of the few Anthias that can be kept with other varieties, e.g.; the Lyretail, Squarespot, and Purple Queen. Use caution when introducing the Tricolor to a tank. If there is aggressive or deadly behavior, the fish should be separated. It is best kept in a 100 liter (25 gallon) tank as a single specimen, or in a minimum of 285 liter (75 gallon) tank for a group. The Tricolor needs a large amount of room in which to swim.

Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic.

The Tricolor Anthias does best on a diet of zooplankton and benefits from the presence of a gorgonian coral in the tank.

Fish Facts

Name: Tricolor Anthias (Pseudanthias kashiwae)

Family: Serranidae

Range: East Africa, The Great Barrier Reef

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Gorgonian coral, rocks, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

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