Species Name : Pseudanthias Bimaculatus
Care Level : Moderate
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Pink, 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 : 5"
Origin : Indo-Pacific
Family : Serranidae
Minimum Tank Size : 125 gallons
Bimaculatus Anthias (Pseudanthias Bimaculatus), Two-Spot Basslet, Twospot Anthias, Twinspot Anthias and Bimac Anthias, is a species of marine ray-finned fish from the subfamily Anthiinae of the family Serranidae.
This species is sexually dimorphic, meaning the males and females have differing physical characteristics. The males have one or two spots on their dorsal fin, with a pink head that fades to a vibrant red extending to the tail. Irregular pink bars run horizontally along the body, making this fish one of the most gorgeous of all Anthias. The females of the species are pink with a yellow dorsal, anal and caudal fin. They are a medium-sized anthias reaching a maximum of 5in/12 cm at adulthood.
The Bimaculatus Anthias does best when kept with its own species in a tank of at least 125 gallons. They are pretty hardy and can be kept in a reef tank setting with plenty of live rock. Aquarium should also have several rocky caves and strong water movement, and have a large unencumbered area for schooling, which will usually occur in the upper third of this area. It acclimates best in lower light aquaria that mimic its deep-water reef conditions.
They are peaceful aquarium inhabitants and will rarely bother their tankmates. The only exception seems to be males of the same species. This species may also be aggressive to other anthiae species. Possible tankmates include clownfish, blennies, gobies, chromis, and butterflyfish. They can be kept as a mated pair, or in a small school of females. Avoid keeping two males in the same tank, as it can lead to extreme aggression. They are generally considered safe with any invertebrates.
Like all anthias, it's an active fish, which is best kept in a group/school of at least 4-6 fishes. When buying a school you don't need to worry about sex ratios because these fish are hermaphroditic. This means the most dominant fish will automatically turn into the male when there is no other male around.
Pseudanthias Bimaculatus are primarily carnivorous. 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. Multiple small feedings throughout the day are recommended for this species.
Size: Small/Medium: 2" to 2-3/4"; Medium: 2-3/4" to 3-1/4"
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