Anthias – Carberryi Anthias (Nemanthias carberryi)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Otherwise known as the Threadfin Anthias, the Carberryi Anthias is native to the reefs of the Maldives.
It has an exquisite personality and charming coloration that makes it stand out in the aquarium tank and makes it a sought after species among many fish keepers.

Quick stats – Carberryi Anthias

Category Info
Origin Africa, Maldives
Max size 4” / 10.16 cm
Aquarium Min 70 gallon / 260 liters
Water 72-78° F / 22-25° C

dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

sg 1.020-1.025
Care level Moderate
Behaviour Semi-aggressive
Diet Carnivore
Family Serranidae
Colors Black, purple, orange, yellow
Lifespan 3-5 years

Carberryi Anthias description

The Carberryi Anthias possess a bright purple coloration along the head and abdomen area with a radiant yellow coloration that beautifies the rear part of the fish.

Carberryi Anthias are active fish species that naturally encourage shier species of their aquarium tank to come out of their hiding place.

Just with all Anthias species, the Carberryi Anthias are hermaphrodites with the largest and dominant female morphing to take the place of the male in the absence of the other males.

Carberryi Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Carberryi anthias - Nemanthias carberryi

Setting up the best aquarium tank for the Carberryi Anthias will require a well filtered minimum of 70 gallon/265 liters tank that is setup within the standard requirement for a saltwater tank.

They are also compatible with a reef tank and can be kept with corals and sessile invertebrates. As active species that often occupy the middle region, they don’t require a specific substrate but enjoy a tank with lots of hiding places.

They are best kept in a shoal of juveniles until they start reaching full growth. After that if more than one male should be added, then the tank should be large enough to house multiple males.

Carberryi Anthias feeding

Carberryi Anthias are carnivores with high planktivorous appetite.

They can be fed with meaty foods including live and frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp. An attached refugium that ensures the cultivation of copepods and amphipods will also provide these species with nutritious live foods.

With time they will accept high-quality flaked foods, but should be offered in small quantities throughout the day.