Dispar Anthias (Pseudanthias dispar)Care
The Dispar Anthias, Pseudanthias dispar, is also known as the Red Fin Anthias, Peach Anthias, and the Madder Seaperch. These fish come from the Indo-West Pacific region. Females are an orange-yellow color on the upper half of the body and a pale purple on the lower half. In contrast, males are yellow to red on the upper half and orange to pink on the lower half. Males also have a red dorsal fin.
Disbar 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. This species can be a bit of a finicky eater, which makes them slightly hard to keep than other anthias.
These fish require an aquarium of at least 70 gallons and will do well in both reef tanks and fish-only tanks. 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
Between: 1-1/2″ to 3″