Anthias – Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Due to its aesthetic coloration along with their active and flamboyant social nature, the Lyretail Anthias is often regarded as the social butterfly of the marine fish.
They have the tendency of encouraging shier fish species to come out of their hiding and enjoy the view of their aquarium home.

Quick stats – Lyretail Anthias

Category Info
Origin Fiji, Indonesia
Max size 5” / 12.7 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 Semi-aggressive
Diet Carnivore
Family Serranidae
Colors Red, orange
Lifespan 3-5 years

Lyretail Anthias description

Lyretail Anthias also known as the Scalefin has a color distinction between males and females.

The male possesses a bright red coloration of different hues while the female appears to have more orange nuances.

The Lyretail Anthias just as with most Anthias species are hermaphrodites with the largest and dominant female of the group often morphing into a male in the absence of any male individual.

Lyretail Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Pseudanthias squamipinnis

Setting up the best aquarium for the Lyretail Anthias would require a well filtered species-specific aquarium of 125 gallons / 473 litres tank to house a few groups of Lyretail Anthias. However, the tank is best to only have one male which can be housed singly or with several females.

Lyretail Anthias are middle dwellers with no preference to a particular substrate, but they tend to enjoy an environment with lots of hiding places.

Lyretail Anthias feeding

Lyretail 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.