Anthias – Red Belted Anthias (Pseudanthias rubizonatus)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

The Red Belted Anthias is one of the most beautiful species of the Anthias family with a remarkable
personality.
It is a hardy fish species that lighten the reef tank with its exquisite coloration with blends of warm pink, orange and red.

Quick stats – Red Belted Anthias

Category Info
Origin Africa, Maldives
Max size 5” / 12.70 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, yellow
Lifespan 3-5 years

Red Belted Anthias description

Just as the name implies, the Red Belted Anthias is easily identified by a vertical red belt or band that separates the posterior and anterior into two halves.

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

Red Belted Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Red Belted Anthias - Pseudanthias rubizonatus

Setting up the best aquarium tank for the Red Belted Anthias will require a well filtered minimum of 125 gallons /473.2 litres to best house a shoal of one male with several females.

Although they are active species, often occupying the middle region of the water column, they enjoy a tank with plenty of live rocks to provide them with lots of caves and hiding places.

Red Belted Anthias also requires lots of open and surface areas for proper water oxygenation.
They are also reef inhabitants and can be kept with precious corals, clam mantles and sessile invertebrates.

Red Belted Anthias feeding

Red Belted 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.