Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Bartlett’s Anthias, also known as the Bartlett’s Fairy Bass, is native to the western Pacific ranging from from Palau, Kosrae in the Caroline Islands, Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tabuaeran in Kiribati as well as from Tonga. The males have a more intense coloration with a violet body and yellow running along the back through the upper tail fin. The females tend to be lavender in color with a yellow back and tail. Adult size is typically around 3.5 inches.
Diet Requirements: In the wild Anthias feed on zooplankton and occur in areas with strong currents such as reef faces, slopes, drop off zones. In the aquarium they do best when fed a varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and over time may begin to feed upon high-quality flake foods and pellets offered in small quantities throughout the day.
Care Requirements: The Bartlett’s Anthias does best when kept with its own kind in a small shoal in an aquarium at least 75 gallons. They make a beautiful addition to the peaceful fish-only marine aquarium as well as the mixed reef aquarium. To best recreate a natural reef environment for the Bartlett’s Anthias, aquascape with a generous amount of live rock and create slopes, caves, and overhangs for an interesting and diverse reef aquarium landscape. They are considered reef safe and will not bother coral or other invertebrates. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small 1″ to 1-1/2″, Medium 1-1/2″ to 2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.