Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Yellow Lined Anthias, also known as Luzon or Blood Spot Anthias, are found in the Indo-Pacific. They’re named accordingly for their few distinct orange-yellow lines that run horizontally along the top of their bodies. The nickname, Blood Spot, is also appropriate for the bold red marking in the dorsal fin of males. Yellow lined anthias are typically found at depths of up to 200 feet, making this anthias species infrequently available. Admired for their shoaling and colorful presence in the aquarium, anthias can be high maintenance [particularly at first] due to their environmental and dietary requirements (see sections below). Like all anthias species, the Yellow lined anthias are hermaphroditic. This means that if the male of the group perishes, the dominant or largest female will change into a male to take its place. Male and female Yellow lined anthias look similar, with the exception that males will have more elaborate and longer pelvic fins in this species. Anthias thrive best in groups of at least 6 individuals, but more are encouraged. If a male is identifiable, it is best to keep him with multiple females as more than one male will quarrel for dominance. Yellow lined anthias do best as the only anthias species in an aquarium. An adult Yellow lined anthias can grow to approximately 5″. Note: Anthias are known to be susceptible to bacterial and protozoan infections. Our rigorous 28 day quarantine process eliminates these concerns when you purchase anthias from Aquatics Unlimited.
Diet Requirements: In the wild anthias are zooplanktivores. This specific diet can be tricky to replicate, but an aquarium with a refugium that has a healthy population of copepods can greatly benefit your anthias. Additionally, a varied diet of high quality frozen foods such as brine shrimp, rotifers, calanus, mysis shrimp and other mixed preparations are important for best coloration, immune function and optimal health. We highly encourage soaking frozen foods in vitamin and fatty acid supplements given the activity level of anthias. Offering multiple, small feedings throughout the day can also be beneficial for maintaining anthias health and better replicate their natural feeding behaviors in the wild. Note: All of our anthias for sale are eating a combination of live foods and frozen foods, or frozen foods only. It is not uncommon for anthias to revert back to only accepting live foods for a period of time due to the stress of a new environment.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 125 gallon aquarium is ideal for a group of Yellow lined anthias; size up accordingly to accommodate a much larger shoal. Anthias require a set-up with live rock because it can provide some of the necessary microfauna to help keep them healthy. While anthias do spend the majority of their time in the open water column, they do appreciate some live rock slopes and overhangs to take refuge. Because Yellow lined anthias come from high flow areas in the wild, they prefer similar water movement in the aquarium. It is generally advised to provide hefty filtration and a protein skimmer for an aquarium with anthias. Given their peaceful nature, Yellow lined anthias should not be kept with overly large and aggressive species. It is also best practice to keep only one type of anthias per aquarium to avoid interspecific aggression and competition. Anthias make excellent reef inhabitants and would feel the most at home in this kind of setting; they will not bother coral or invertebrates. Once settled in and feeding well, Yellow lined anthias will surely be a center piece of your aquarium. 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 sizes are approximate.