The Lyretail Anthias is one of the hardiest, most readily available and also one of the largest anthias species. It can be known under many names such as Squami Anthias, Pink Anthias, Scalefin Anthias, and Jewel Anthias. Because it is very easy to care and maintain, it makes a very good choice for novice aquarists. The Lyretail Anthias shows semi-pelagic lifestyle and therefore need an aquarium with larger space, so that they can swim freely. It can be found either in almost solid pink as well as pink body with a white yellow band across it. There is also a peach colored strain of this species. Basically, in this species, females are yellow with a pink and purple stripe running from the eye towards the pelvic fins. The Lyretail Anthias are sensitive when introduced in an aquarium that is why it is suggested to keep away from aggressive fishes while they are getting acclimatized. If you are willing to keep a group, we suggest you to introduce all Lyretail Anthias at the same time. Once they are acclimatized, other kind of fishes can then be introduced, aggressive ones too. The Lyretail Anthias is absolutely reef safe and usually is tolerant of ornamental shrimp or other invertebrates. They are indigenous to Indo-West Pacific, Red sea, and also along the East African coast. The Lyretail Anthias prefer to live in an environment with lots of hiding places and live rocks, rapid current and open water. A couple of large overhangs is also suggested to keep so that they can rest over it. The Lyretail Anthias do not prefer a brightly lit aquarium, and can flourish in a temperature range of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit. Due to their small mouth, we suggest you to provide them with small food that includes Mysid shrimps, finely chopped sea food, especially color enhancing foods that can maintain their body color and make them vivid all through. They are hermaphrodites in nature and are born females, and only develop as males if there is a shortage of males.
Female Lyretail Anthias are also known as Blue-Eyed Anthias. These fish are bright orange in color with a distinct blue marking from its eye to the base of its pec fin.The family of Anthias are closely related to Seabasses, which include Groupers. These fish begin life as females and will change sex based on the requirement of their "harem". Anthias gather in huge schools around reefs where they swim within the school waiting for food. These schools can be seen in the hundreds and are made up of small "harems" of a single dominant male, less dominant males, and many females.Photo by saltwaterfish.com member, New180g: Nicole Duncan.