Native to the Red Sea and The Great Barrier Reef, this is a fairly easy anthias to maintain in the aquarium. AKA: Red Fairy Basslet, Silverstreak and Kashiwae Anthias. The body is a pinkish-orange for both male and female. The female has red tips on the caudal fin. The male has a red band dorsally, a red caudal fin, light blue mouth, pectoral fins and the back half of his body (the other half pinkish-orange), green around the eyes and some green blending into the blue on the body. Both sexes have a violet band from below the eye to the first pectoral fin.
Size: 1 1/2" - 3"
No. in Tank: One male or one female alone or a trio of 1 male to 2 females.
Tank: 25 gallon for singular fish; min. 80 gallon for trio.
Food: (Carnivore) Zoo-plankton, algae, mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp and meaty treats. Need a varied diet and a good amount of it to avoid this fish's proclivity toward weight loss and loss of coloration. Feed several times a day.
Adaptation: Acclimate best in trios, with plenty of hiding places, room to swim, well oxygenated water and water movement. In a trio, these fish will behavior similar to that in the wild. Great with reefs. Having gorgonian coral in the aquarium also helps these fish adapt.
Compatibility: Unless in a large tank, they should be the only species. In the larger tanks, they can be kept with other anthias species. Can be aggressive toward other zoo-plankton feeding fish.