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Pseudanthias pleurotaenia - (Bleeker, 1857)
Squarespot Anthias

This anthias species is best kept by advanced aquarists. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a truly spectacular fish, best kept by aquarists with some experience and larger reef systems.

Family: Serranidae

Other common name(s):

  • Squareblock Anthias
  • Mirror Anthias
  • Square-spot Fairy Basslet

Native range:

Maximum length: 20 cm (8 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 285 L (75 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food and Cyclop-eeze. Feed at least twice per day or preferably more often.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Only one specimen should be kept per aquarium, unless the tank is large enough (135 gallons [513 L] or more); you can keep one male per tank with six or more females. This fish may also behave aggressively toward other zooplankton feeders, but it will not harm invertebrates.

[edit] Special Care

This anthias does best at lower light levels and needs plenty of swimming room. In a brightly lit tank, its color often fades.

[edit] Notes

Acclimation of this species is often slow. Individuals may hide for a week or more before they emerge from hiding. Juveniles and smaller females (under 3.9 in. [10 cm]) adjust more readily to aquarium confines.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Squarespot AnthiasRDF feed
Common name Squarespot Anthias  +, Squareblock Anthias  +, Mirror Anthias  +, and Square-spot Fairy Basslet  +
Family Serranidae  +
Genus Pseudanthias  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 8 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Pacific Ocean  +, Indonesia  +, Samoa  +, Ryukyu Islands  +, and Rowley Shoals  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name pleurotaenia  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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