Purple Queen Anthias (Pseudanthias tuka) Care
The Purple Queen Anthias, Pseudanthias tuka, is also known as the Purple Anthias and Yellowstripe Anthias. These fish come from Indo-West Pacific region. Males have a purple body that fades into a dark blue tail, a dark spot on the aft dorsal fin, and a yellow stripe below that mouth. Females have a yellow stripe down the back and yellow on the upper and lower tail lobes.
Purple Queen 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. These anthias are a bit more difficult to keep because they are finicky eaters.
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
Tiny: up to 1-1/4”
Small: 1-1/4” to 2”
Small-Medium: 2” to 2-1/2”
Medium: 2-1/2” to 3”
Medium-Large: 3” to 3-1/2”
Large: 3-1/2” to 4”
Extra Large: 4” to 5”