Magenta Slender Anthias

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Luzonichthys waitei - (Fowler, 1931)
Magenta Slender Anthias

A moderately hardy but shy schooling fish. Scott W. Michael


This is a peaceful species ideal for the reef aquarium. It is moderately hardy, but needs frequent feeding and good water conditions.

The six species in this genus form small to large shoals, which often include other zooplankton-feeding fishes like their cousins, the Pseudanthias species. Unlike many of their relatives, Luzonichthys males and females do not differ in coloration. Keep them in small groups (five or more individuals) in a reef aquarium with strong water movement.

Family: Anthiinae

Other common name(s):

  • Waite's Splitfin

Native range:

Habitat: These fish typically hang and feed in the water column in the wild and will do best in a reef aquarium with stony corals, open swimming space, and vigorous water flow.

Maximum length: 7 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 209 L (55 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater.


Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food and Cyclop-eeze, a great frozen food for these fishes. Feed at least twice a day—preferably more often.

Aquarium Compatibility

The anthias in this genus will not behave aggressively toward other fishes. Belligerent fishes may pick on them, including their more aggressive anthias relatives. A small group of chromis damselfishes or dart gobies may encourage slender anthias to come out from hiding and to feed.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM