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Yellowtail Goldie/Evansi Anthias

posted: 05/15/12
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Yellowtail Goldie/Evansi Anthias
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A bright and colorful marine fish, the Yellowtail Goldie is also known as the Evansi Anthias or Evan's Anthias. It is predominantly violet, the flanks are sprinkled with yellow dots, and an orange line runs laterally from nose to pectoral fin.

With a peaceful nature, this fish does well with other non-aggressive fish of the same variety. If keeping more than one Evansi, it is best to have one male with several females in a 500 liter (130 gallon) tank. If kept alone, 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.

In a reef environment, plankton comprises the bulk of their diet. Supplementing with zooplankton or artemia can increase the probability of successful maintenance of this fish, since it may have difficulty digesting other commercial diets.

The Yellowtail Goldie can be difficult to maintain and is not appropriate for the inexperienced aquarist.

Fish Facts

Name: Yellowtail Goldie/Evansi Anthias (Mirolabrichthys evansi, Pseudanthias evansi)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 5 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rocks, 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: Difficult

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