Also referred to as wreckfish, reef fish, seaperch, swallowtails and jewelfish, anthias are a large family of saltwater fish made up of over 200 different sub-species. They are characterized by their vibrant coloring and shoaling behavior and are regarded as one of the most beautiful and one of the most photographed species of fish in the world. Most peaceful species are quite delicate and require the care of an experienced aquarist. Also referred to as wreckfish, reef fish, seaperch, swallowtails and jewelfish, anthias are a large family of saltwater fish made up of over 200 different sub-species. These fish are native to the Mediterranean Sea and the Northeast Atlantic. Anthias are one of the most vibrantly colored species of marine fish and come in shades of red, yellow, orange, purple, blue, green and yellow.
Anthias feed primarily on zooplankton, baby brine shrimp and rotifers. The funny thing about anthias is that they are generally extremely peaceful towards other species of fish and extremely aggressive towards their own kind. They are sometimes known to spawn when kept in extremely large aquariums. They are also born as protogynous hermaphrodites. When the dominant male of a group of anthias dies, the largest female of the group will often turn into a male to take its place. This can sometimes lead to extremely aggressive fighting amongst the dominant female and the smaller males in the aquarium.
Bimaculatus Anthias are found along reefs on coastal drop-offs in the Indo-West Pacific. Anthias are peaceful aquarium inhabitants. They benefit from several regular feedings throughout the day and a well-established reef tank with a consistent supply of copepods and amphipods available for food. Approximate Purchase Size: Female: 1.75-2.75", Male: 2.75-3.5"