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Purple Anthias - Male
Pseudanthias pascalus
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Tank Stats
Size: 3.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Mysid, Marine Feeders
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Monitor with shrimp
Minimum Tank Size: 45 gallons

The Purple Anthias is also commonly referred as yellow striped Fairy Basslet, Amethyst Anthias, or the Sailfin Anthias. It grows up to 6 inches in the wild and should be kept in a tank not less than 35 gallons. Since the Male Purple Anthias is peaceful, it is imperative to keep it with peaceful tank mates, and not with aggressive tank mates. It does not bother any invertebrates or corals and therefore the Purple Anthias is considered a reef safe species. It is a carnivorous fish that mainly feeds on mysid shrimp and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp that helps in maintaining its color. Therefore, it prefers to feed on zooplankton such as copepods and other planktonic crustaceans or crustacean larvae and fish eggs; mysid shrimp; and other meaty foods. It is best to feed the Purple Anthias with live foods to make its immune system strong. It should be fed at least three times a day for its continued good health. The Purple Anthias is a very active fish and can be found swimming in an aquarium with adequate room. At the same time these fish like to hide or rest behind live rocks. Therefore, the Purple Anthias requires an aquarium with lots of ledges and rockwork to relax under. Also, provide it with ample space to swim, and clean, well oxygenated water. The Purple Anthias can be kept ideally in small groups of one male with 5+ females. It starts its life as a female and when required, a female can be changed to male. Male Purple Anthias are much more colorful and often have filamentous streamers which it uses for its mating dance and to deter other males.

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