Anthias

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About Anthias

Group
Saltwater
Temperament
Community Aggressive
Aquarium Size
Large (50+ gal)
Swimming Region
Bottom
Fish Water Condition
Suitable Tank Mates
Dwarf Anglefish, Assesors, Blennies, Gobies, Squirrelfish, and Tilefish
Difficulty Of Care
Daily care
Size
Small
Anthias General description


Also referred to as wreckfish, reef fish, seaperch, swallowtails and jewelfish, anthias are a large family of saltwater fish made up of over 200 different sub-species. They are characterized by their vibrant coloring and shoaling behavior and are regarded as one of the most beautiful and one of the most photographed species of fish in the world. Most peaceful species are quite delicate and require the care of an experienced aquarist.


Also referred to as wreckfish, reef fish, seaperch, swallowtails and jewelfish, anthias are a large family of saltwater fish made up of over 200 different sub-species.


Origins


These fish are native to the Mediterranean Sea and the Northeast Atlantic.


Color


Athias are one of the most vibrantly colored species of marine fish and come in shades of red, yellow, orange, purple, blue, green and yellow.


Maintenance and care

The funny thing about anthias is that they are generally extremely peaceful towards other species of fish and extremely aggressive towards their own kind. It is extremely important to research specific species of anthias before attempting to raise them because the more timid species can sometimes become stressed out by more active tank mates. In fact, it is not unheard of for these fish to die of stress caused by the swimming movements of non-aggressive but active tank mates. Although they are known to swim in large shoals in the wild, it is hard to replicate this behavior in the home aquarium. This is because of their extremely complex social hierarchy systems. In fact, there are reports of male anthias dying of stress and over-exertion from chasing subordinate members of a harem.


Feeding


Anthias feed primarily on zooplankton, baby brine shrimp and rotifers.


The funny thing about anthias is that they are generally extremely peaceful towards other species of fish and extremely aggressive towards their own kind.


Breeding


They are sometimes known to spawn when kept in extremely large aquariums. They are also born as protogynous hermaphrodites. When the dominant male of a group of anthias dies, the largest female of the group will often turn into a male to take its place. This can sometimes lead to extremely aggressive fighting amongst the dominant female and the smaller males in the aquarium.


Aquarium varieties


Barlett’s, Dispar, Lyretail, Sunset, Square, Yellow Spotted, etc.


Photo credit: Nathan Rupert/Flickr; Brian Gratwicke/ Flickr

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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