Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Fathead Sunburst Anthias also known as Fathead Anthias, Hawk, or Hawkfish Anthias, is predominantly pink and dotted with yellow scale margins and facial stripes. Found in the Western Pacific ocean, ranging from southern Japan, where it occurs in the Ryukyu and Izu Islands, and Taiwan south to the Great Barrier Reef and Palau. It occurs as far west as the Moluccas and east to Tonga. Adults reach approximately 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: The Fathead Sunburst Anthias prefers to live towards the bottom of the tank, so the deeper the better, but still maintain plenty of surface area for proper water oxygenation. A 75 gallon aquarium is sufficient. An environment of low-to-moderate light with lots of hiding places is ideal. It is best housed with peaceful tank mates such as gobies. If you keep more than one, it is ideal to introduce all anthias at the same time. 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 Fathead Sunburst 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 large invertebrates. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/4″ to 2″; Medium: 2″ to 3″; Large: 3″ to 4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.