Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Max Size: Up to 6"
Red Fairy Anthias (Pseudanthias kashiwae)
The Red Fairy Anthias, otherwise known as the Cooper’s Anthias, the Silver Streak Anthias, the Tricolor Anthias, the Red Fairy Basslet, and the Kashiwae Anthias, are orange in color. They have cream to white underbellies, and their caudal fins are marked with lateral red bars. The difference between males and females is the fact that the females have red tips on the caudal fin and are more of an orange/pink color.
It is best to house the Red Fairy Anthias in a 125 gallon tank with plenty of room for swimming and several hiding spots. These fish are rather peaceful and would do well with a variety of species. Anthias are hermaphroditic. If the dominant male in the aquarium perishes, the largest female of the group will change genders to take its role.
The diet of the Red Fairy Anthias should include: frozen mysis shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, flake foods, and live food from a refugium which cultivates copepods and amphipods.