Care Level: Moderate/Difficult
Reef Compatibility: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gal
Approximate Purchase Size: 2” to 3”
Max Size: Up to 4”
Notes: The Bartlett's Anthias is also known as the Bartlett’s Fairy Bass. The males have a more intense coloration with a violet body and yellow running along the back through the upper caudal lobe. The females tend to be lavender in color with a yellow back and caudal fin.
The Bartlett's Anthias does best when kept with its own kind in a species tank of at least 70 gallons but also makes a beautiful addition to the peaceful fish-only marine aquarium as well as the mixed reef aquarium. The Bartlett's Anthias will predominantly occupy the middle of the aquarium water column but will venture freely into all regions of the aquarium injecting vibrant color where ever it swims.
To best recreate a natural reef environment for the Bartlett’s Anthias, aquascape with a generous amount of live rock and create slopes, caves, and overhangs for an interesting and diverse reef aquarium landscape. Provide good water movement with the addition of a powerhead or wavemaker and ensure high water quality associated with the reef environment.
Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often morph to take its place.
Once acclimated to a new aquarium, Anthias do best when fed a varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and over time may eat high-quality flake foods offered in small quantities throughout the day. An attached refugium cultivating copepods and amphipods provides a steady supply of nutritious live food sure to keep this active planktivore content.