Also known as Stocky Anthias and Truncate Anthias, it is found in well protected reefs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean including the Great Barrier Reef. Males are a more vivid pink than females or juveniles. They also have a red spot on their dorsal fin and a truncated caudal fin. Females have a slightly notched tail and the red spot is somewhat streaked (as is the juveniles). All have blue outlined fins. This fish, like all anthias, are hermaphroditic. If the male dies, the more social female will often morph into a male and take his place.
Size: up to 7"
No. in Tank: Best kept in trios of 1 male and 2 females.
Tank: min. 100 gallon.
Food: (Carnivore) Zoo-plankton, algae, meaty treats, vitamin-enriched fresh fish and brine shrimp, and shrimp flesh. Feed twice a day.
Adaptation: Acclimation is slow. To make this easier for the fish provide lots of hiding caves, room to swim, water movement, and non-aggressive tank-mates.
Compatibility: Do well in an established reef system. They can be kept in either a shallow or deep water aquarium.
**Another Pink Anthias, species pseudoanthias mooreanus, is a darker pink than the above species, and can be found in east and west Central Pacific Ocean and French-Polynesia.
RARE TO FIND, NOT USED IN AQUARIUMS.