Redbar Anthias

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Pseudanthias rubrizonatus - (Randall, 1983)
Redbar Anthias

An anthias with attitude, best kept singly or in groups in larger aquariums. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This beautiful anthias often occurs in deeper water around wrecks and outer reef walls. It is among the hardiest of the anthias available to reef aquarists. It needs proper feeding and has a feisty disposition, making it best suited to communities of larger fishes that are not easily intimidated.

Family: Anthiinae

Other common name(s):

  • Redband Anthias
  • Tricolor Anthias
  • Redgirdled Anthias
  • Redbelted Anthias

Native range:

Habitat: Reef. Provide plenty of holes and crevices and good water movement.

Maximum length: 12 cm (5 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; plankton feeder. Offer meaty foods, such as mysid shrimp and enriched brine shrimp, at least three times a day. It is prone to color and weight loss if not given a varied diet, and an ample quantity of food and pigment-enhancing rations.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This fish will spend most of its time swimming in the open, but will dash for a hiding place if threatened.

[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

This is a fairly pugnacious anthias. It is best to keep a solitary individual, unless you have a large aquarium (100 gal. [380 L] or more). To keep a group, it should consist of one male and six or more females. The males of this species are yellow posteriorly, have an orange head and a broad red bar on their sides. Females are light red with yellow marks on the scales and a white ventrum. It is also risky to keep this species with most other anthias species and peaceful zooplankton feeders, such as fairy wrasses and firefishes, in a smaller tank.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Redbar AnthiasRDF feed
Common name Redbar Anthias  +, Redband Anthias  +, Tricolor Anthias  +, Redgirdled Anthias  +, and Redbelted Anthias  +
Family Anthiinae  +
Genus Pseudanthias  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 55 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Australia  +, Great Barrier Reef  +, Solomon Islands  +, and Japan  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name rubrizonatus  +
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  +