Anthias – Princess Anthias (Pseudanthias smithvanizi)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Princess Anthias is one of the most prized possessions of the Anthias fish keepers.
They are gorgeous deep water fish that possess a rich, sapphire pink coloration decorated with majestic golden-yellow flecks that captures the eyes and drowns the soul.

Quick stats – Princess Anthias

Category Info
Origin Fiji, Indonesia
Max size 3.5” / 9 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 Difficult
Behaviour Peaceful
Diet Carnivore
Family Serranidae
Colors Pink
Lifespan 3-5 years

Princess Anthias description

With its exquisite coloration, it is no doubt why the Princess Anthias is regarded as a royal prize of the Anthias keepers. As with other Anthias species, the Princess Anthias are hermaphrodite with the largest and dominant female of the group often morphing into a male in the absence of other males.

The Princess Anthias might have difficulties getting acquainted with the aquarium captivity, but once they get accustomed with it, they can coexist peacefully with other peaceful species alike.

Princess Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Princess anthias - Pseudanthias smithvanizi

Setting up the best aquarium home for the Princess Anthias would require a well filtered minimum of 70 gallons/265 litres tank to house a single Princess Anthias.
However, if they should be housed in a group of one male with few females, a minimum of 125 gallons/473 litres tank or larger will just be perfect.

As deep dwellers, they prefer a tank with lots of caves to provide them with many hiding places.

They prefer a tank with sublime lighting, but with time they can adapt to a stronger lighting.

Once they get acclimated to the aquatic lifestyle, they should be added before other active aquatic species to enable them to settle down with less stress.

Princess Anthias feeding

Princess 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.