Anthias – Fathead Sunburst Anthias (Serranocirrhitus Latus)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

The Fathead Sunburst Anthias is also known as Fathead Anthias. It is mostly pink in color with deep yellowish orange scale margins and facial markings. The anal fins are fringed in blue likewise the pectoral fin – it is a very colorful fish.

Quick stats – Fathead Anthias

Category Info
Origin Indonesia, New Caledonia, Philippines
Max size 5” / 12 cm
Aquarium Min. 70 gallons / 265 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 Blue, red, orange, yellow
Lifespan 3-5 years

Fathead Anthias description

As with most Anthias species, Fathead Anthias are hermaphroditic in nature. This means that a female (usually the largest female) in the group can often change to replace a dominant male Anthias if he dies.

Fathead Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Fathead Sunburst Anthias (Serranocirrhitus Latus)

Setting up the ideal aquarium for them would require a saltwater tank of at least 70 gallons/265 litres with plenty of hiding places, and live rocks for feeding.

The Fathead Anthias are bottom dwellers (the deeper the better) and enjoy an environment with lots of hiding places and a moderate lighting. However, it often stays within the surface area for adequate water oxygenation.

It is preferably housed with the same Anthias species and with similar peaceful fish such as Gobies.

Fathead Anthias feeding

As carnivores, Anthias do best when they are fed enriched live foods including frozen brine shrimp, varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp, and may also eat high quality flake foods over time when they are moved to a new aquarium.

The foods should be offered in small quantities throughout the day. An attached refugium that cultivates copepods and amphipods is required to provide them with a steady supply of nutritious live food to keep them alive and active.