Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: Native to the west Pacific ranging from the Philippines to Niue, north to the Ryukyu Islands. Male Randall’s Anthias are a bright pink color and become striped in red and magenta when mature. Females will have similar coloration with a yellow nose. Adults reach approximately 3 to 3.5 inches in length.
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: Randall’s Anthias do best when kept in a species-specific tank of at least 75 gallons, or a minimum of a 125 gallon aquarium when maintaining a small group. Males are best kept alone with several females, or singly. This Anthias dwells toward the bottom of the tank and appreciates the availability of several hiding places. 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 Randall’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: 1-1/2″ to 2″; Medium: 2″ to 3-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.