Species Name : Pseudanthias Bartlettorum
Care Level : Moderate
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow
Diet : Carnivore
Reef Compatible : Yes
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 3½"
Origin : Western Pacific Ocean
Family : Serranidae
Minimum Tank Size : 70 gallons
The Bartlett's Anthias (Pseudanthias Bartlettorum) is also known as the Bartlett’s Fairy Bass.
Pseudanthias Bartlettorum has a somewhat elongated, moderately compressed body which is around 3 times as long (in standard length as it is deep. The males have a more intense coloration with a violet body and yellow running along the back through the upper caudal lobe. The females tend to be lavender in color with a yellow back and caudal fin. Males colouration tends to be more vivid than females. It grows to a maximum standard length of 9 centimetres (3.5 in).
The Bartlett's Anthias does best when kept with its own kind in a species tank of at least 70 gallons but also makes a beautiful addition to the peaceful fish-only marine aquarium as well as the mixed reef aquarium. The Bartlett's Anthias will predominantly occupy the middle of the aquarium water column but will venture freely into all regions of the aquarium injecting vibrant color where ever it swims. They want plenty of open space to swim in as well as lot of hiding places among live rock. Try to create at least one large overhang where the fish can rest shaded from the light. Bartlett's anthias prefer strong moving water and a well circulated aquarium with some calmer areas.
Bartlett’s Anthias, like most Anthias, are peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish ,but care should be taken to ensure that you keep only one male per tank as they will likely fight with each other. Try to not keep this species with aggressive tankmates. Since it does not bother any ornamental invertebrates, it is very suitable for reef aquariums.
Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often morph to take its place.
Once acclimated to a new aquarium, Anthias do best when fed a varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and over time may eat high-quality flake foods offered in small quantities throughout the day. An attached refugium cultivating copepods and amphipods provides a steady supply of nutritious live food sure to keep this active planktivore content. They need to be fed very often and should ideally be fed 4-5 times a day.
Size: Small 1" to 1-1/2", Medium 1-1/2" to 2"
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