Looking for an Anthias “guide”

saltydawg11

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Some fish like wrasses and tangs, for example, have quite a bit of folks writing articles and sharing their extensive research about them. I’m curious if you know of any good articles or threads about anthias species.

Like which species get along with other species? Which ones are the less picky and hardier? Deep water vs shallow? How many are best to get for better odds? 1,2,3,5? Which species are bold with other fish and which are timid to only hide in rock and coral? Just a few questions but I’m interested in reading some good and helpful articles/forums. I’d like to make an educated decision on choosing the correct species for my system.

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This would be a great resource, maybe even just a difficulty chart if their is enough variance within them. I also would love to get some but have no idea what may fit my tank best, as such I am considering just a school of Chromis for my 167gal.
 

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Ive always found these articles interesting and helpful

The genus pseudanthias is split into 3 subgroups: franzia, pseudanthias and and mirolabrichthys. Mixing species within the same subgenus seems to work best, as they are similair in shape and group dynamic so can tolerate one another better, though ive been successful mixing franzia, which is known to be agressive, with mirolabrichthys, which are more delicate and docile so i guess it can come down to individuals and environment.
 

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Other anthias genera like luzonichthys, rabaulichthys seem to be more delicate, but ive no experience with them. The genus odontanthias appears to be hardy once settled from what ive read, with the blotchy anthias being most commonly available and also is sometimes offered captive bred. Theres also the genus sacura, which i believe is a slighly cooler water genus that is sometimes available.
 

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Borbonius is a pretty fish but I don’t really want to feed several times a day and I am not always able to find them where I am so yeah :(

I have to say though lots of deepwater Anthias are stunningly beautiful and we are still finding new species.

There’s this YT channel called Deep Sea Challengers that shows like really deep water fish caught off southern Japan and a number of their videos feature Anthias of different genuses.
 

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I have several types and the randalls is the smallest and my most bashful
Orange and pin lyretails are active, feed well and out in the open most of the day
Square anthias semi-active and pretty, sort of picky with foods. . . Males can be bullies.
My personal favorites are the disbar, sunset, Ignitus, and Fathead Sunburst. Twice ive had a carberry chased until death possibly because theyre almost Too peaceful.
Bear in mind that anthias are actually part of the grouper family hence their feeding requirements and sometimes aggresiveness towards each other and the reason you want One male.
 

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