The Lyretail Anthias is found in the western Indian Ocean including the Red Sea, and in the Pacific Ocean as far east as Japan and southeast Australia. This gorgeous fish is a member of the Serranidae family. Both male and female are absolutely vibrant. The males are a dark to light or pink, while the females are more of a gold orange color. Both have a metallic pinkish-purple ring around the eyes that streaks back toward the pectoral fin. A Lyretail Anthias can reach up to 5 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 70 gallons with plenty of room to swim.
Lyretail Anthias are carnivorous. They will accept flake foods sometimes, but for good nutrition, they need small meaty meals like Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, copepods, amphipods, and/or prepared or frozen offerings. The key to keeping anthias is to feed them at least twice per day as they prefer frequent small meals. If you find your Lyretail Anthias is not eating the foods you offer, it is recommended you offer live foods to spark interest in eating.
As stated earlier, a Lyretail Anthias can reach up to 5 inches and requires an aquarium of at least 70 gallons. This is a rewarding fish to add for those who spend a lot of time viewing their aquarium. They can be a little shy when they first arrive, but that usually only lasts for a few days. These fish are often kept as a group of females (5-10) with 1 male. Anthias are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning these fish can change sex. If the male dies, the largest female will turn into the new male of the group. If you decide you want to keep a harem of anthias rather than just 1, it is recommended that your tank be at least 125 gallons. If you intend to keep fish, a netted lid is recommended.