Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Dispar Anthias is also commonly known as the Madder Seaperch. Native to the western Pacific Ocean ranging from Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Line Islands, north to the Yaeyama Islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef, Fiji and Samoa. Males have a bright red dorsal fin and lack any red stripes on their tail. The female may display a yellowish-orange on the top and pale lavender to white on their underside. They typically reach an adult size of 4 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 Dispar Anthias is a reef inhabitant in the wild. It is a shallow water species that thrives best in a 125 gallon aquarium with one male and multiple females. When housed singly, a 75 gallon tank would be sufficient. 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 Disbar 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: Medium 2″ to 3-1/4″; Large: 3-1/2″ to 4-1/4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.