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Males and females are sexually dimorphic. Some females may likely change sex when kept in a group of just females, no males. One or some may turn into a male. For a more detailed article on anthias from the genus
, see our
Genus Notes article
in the Educational Resources section of the Blue Zoo website.
Other Common Names
Scalefin Anthias, Jewel Anthias, Orange Anthias, Sea Goldie Anthias
The hardiest and likely the most territorial of the Anthias, the Lyretail Anthias is one of the most commonly seen Anthias schools in the wild. In captivity it is recommended to keep only a single fish in smaller aquariums (around 70 gallons). If you wish to keep a group, it is best to house no less than 1 male and 8 or more females in a 180 gallon aquarium or larger. Can be kept with other peaceful community fish and care should be taken to ensure that you keep only one male per tank as they will likely fight with each other to the death.
Because of their higher metabolism and constant activity in the water column, Anthias require multiple feedings each day. Most Anthias prefer dimly lit tanks, though there are a few that will learn to adjust to brighter lights of reef aquariums and will spend most of their time swimming in the water column and will need ample open water column to do so.
Anthias are zooplankton feeders so care should be taken to feed meaty foods for zooplankton feeders. Frozen zooplankton foods will be more readily accepted than flake or pellet until the Anthias grow accustomed to a captive diet. Feed at least 4 times daily.
Lyretail Anthias , Small: over .75-1.25", Indo Pacific, Female
Lyretail Anthias , Medium: over 1.25-2.25", Indo Pacific, Female
Lyretail Anthias , Medium: over 1.25-2.25", Indo Pacific, Male
Lyretail Anthias , Large: over 2.25-3.5", Indo Pacific, Female
Lyretail Anthias , Large: over 2.25-3.5", Indo Pacific, Male
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