Bartlett's Anthias

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Pseudanthias bartlettorum - (Randall & Lubbock, 1981)
Bartlett's Anthias

An eyecatcher and one of the hardiest of anthias species for the reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Anthias are undeniable eye-catchers in the marine aquarium, with beautiful coloration, a habit of swimming constantly in the open water column, and a total disinterest in eating or harming corals or other invertebrates. This is one of the hardiest choices among the many anthias that are collected.

Family: Anthiinae

Other common name(s):

  • Christmas Island Anthias

Native range:

Habitat: Reef environment with plenty of hiding places. Does best in clean, highly oxygenated aquariums with plenty of swimming room and lots of water movement.

Maximum length: 8.9 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 209 L (55 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Mid-level.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore; zooplankton feeder. Offer meaty foods such as frozen mysid shrimp, enriched adult brine shrimp, squid or marine plankton at least three times a day. Regularly include color-­enhancing foods in its diet to ensure that it maintains its glorious ­colors.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

While groups of anthias make showy additions to the reef tank, it is important to add just one male and to keep them in groups of six or more (e.g. five females and one male). Add all individuals at once. May be bullied by larger, more aggressive species (dottybacks, hawkfishes, damselfishes). It may pick on diminutive zooplankton-feeders in a smaller tank.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.

[edit] Notes

A ­dominant female may eventually transform into a male.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Bartlett's AnthiasRDF feed
Common name Bartlett's Anthias  +, and Christmas Island Anthias  +
Family Anthiinae  +
Genus Pseudanthias  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 55 gal  +
Native range South Pacific  +, and Christmas Island  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name bartlettorum  +
Swimming level Mid-level.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +