Bicolor Anthias (Pseudanthias bicolor) Care
The Bicolor Anthias, Pseudanthias bicolor, is also known as the Bicolor Fancy Bass. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. Males are a blend of violet, orange and yellow. Females are a pale purple on the bottom and yellow on the top.
Bartlett’s Anthias are carnivores and require a diet including meaty foods such as mysis and brine shrimp, copepods and amphipods, and fortified marine fish food. They should be fed a couple of times a day.
If keeping a school, these fish require an aquarium of at least 125 gallons and will do well in both reef tanks and fish-only tanks. If only one or two are being kept, a small tank is sufficient. They are schooling fish and need plenty of room to swim, good water flow, and places to hide in the tank. Anthias school in harems with one male and multiple females; if the male dies, the dominant female with change sex to become the male. They should be housed with other non-aggressive fish.
Anthias are reef safe and will not bother coral, inverts or other fish, except other anthias species.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1” to 1½”
Small-Medium: 1½” to 2½”
Medium: 2½” to 3½”
Medium-Large: 3½” to 4½”
Large: 4½” to 5½”
Extra Large: 5½” to 6½”