Indian Ocean Lyretail Anthias

Indian Ocean Lyretail Anthias
Latin name:
(Pseudanthias squamipinnis)

Care Level





Orange, Red



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Size



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The Indian Ocean Lyretail Anthias is a beautiful fish that is easy to care for and can add a lot of color and movement to any tank. Keeping these fish in a species-specific tank of at least 125 gallons is recommended for optimal health and wellbeing. To ensure the best results, it is best to keep males alone with several females or singly, as they dwell in the middle of the tank but may appreciate the security of a few hiding places. Furthermore, regular water changes and careful monitoring of water parameters are essential to the longevity of the Anthias.

Anthias species are incredibly resilient, particularly in the event of a sudden change in leadership. Their hermaphroditic trait allows them to quickly and easily adapt to a new situation and maintain the stability of their group. This is achieved through the largest female morphing into a male if the dominant one passes away. This is an amazing example of their ability to survive and thrive in even the most difficult of circumstances. Furthermore, this trait demonstrates their resilience and resourcefulness in the face of adversity.

An attached refugium cultivating copepods and amphipods provides a steady supply of nutritious live food sure to keep this active planktivore content. Anthias do best when fed a varied diet that includes frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and over time may eat high-quality flake foods offered in small quantities throughout the day.