Red Saddled Anthias
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
As with many anthias species, the Red Saddled Anthias can be kept singly but does best in small shoals comprised of several individuals. Members of the Anthias group all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group can morph into a fully functioning male to take its place. To recreate habitat for the Red Saddled Anthias, aquascape liberally with live rock, creating numerous caves and other hiding places. Be sure to maintain open areas and plenty of surface area for proper water oxygenation. For a dramatic aquarium display, consider a steep reef profile, perhaps with a slight overhang to provide additional shelter as well as diffused lighting.
Once acclimated to a new aquarium, Anthias do best when fed a varied diet of
frozen mysis shrimp, enriched
frozen brine shrimp, and over time may eat
high-quality flake foods offered in small quantities throughout the day. An attached refugium cultivating copepods and amphipods provides a steady supply of nutritious
live food sure to keep this active planktivore content.
Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile/Female:
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