Anthias – Dispar Anthias (Pseudanthias dispar)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Commonly known as the Madder Seaperch, the Dispar Anthias are brightly colored Anthias species with the male possessing a bright red dorsal fin with no visible red stripe on their tails.
The female may possess a yellowish-orange on the top alongside pale lavender to white on the underside.

Quick stats – Dispar Anthias

Category Info
Origin Indonesia
Max size 4” / 10.16 cm
Aquarium Min. 125 gallons / 473.2 litres
Water 72-78° F / 22-25° C

dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

sg 1.020-1.025
Care level Moderate
Behaviour Peaceful
Diet Carnivore
Family Serranidae
Colors Red, orange, yellow, purple, white
Lifespan 3-5 years

Dispar Anthias description

As with all Anthias species, the Dispar Anthias are hermaphrodites with the most dominant and largest female morphing into a male in the absence of any other males.

Dispar Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Dispar anthias - Pseudanthias dispar

Setting up the best aquarium tank for the Dispar Anthias will require housing them singly in a filtered minimum of 70 gallon/265 litres. But if they should be housed in a group, a well filtered minimum of 125 gallons /473.2 litres is best suitable to house a shoal of one male and up to 10 females.

As a peaceful species, the Dispar Antias is suitably housed with similar size and peaceful species.
Large and aggressive species should be greatly avoided.

Dispar Anthias are safe with the reef tank and can be kept with precious corals, clam mantles and sessile invertebrates.

Dispar Anthias feeding

Dispar 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.