Anthias – Stocky Anthias (Pseudanthias hypselosoma)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

If you are in need of a beautiful Anthias fish to add décor to your tank, the Stocky Anthias would be a great choice to consider. The Stocky Anthias males possess an orange back, yellow lines and a cream-colored underside that makes them a great sight to behold.

Quick stats – Stocky Anthias

Category Info
Origin Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia
Max size 7” / 18 cm
Aquarium Min. 125 gallons / 473 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 Orange, yellow
Lifespan 3-5 years

Stocky Anthias description

Owing to its name, Stocky Anthias has a shorter and slightly broader body. Just as with most Anthias species, the Stocky Anthias are hermaphroditic in nature. The largest female Stocky Anthias will often change to replace the dominant male Stocky Anthias when he dies or vanishes.

Stocky Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Stocky Anthias (Pseudanthias hypselosoma)

Stocky Anthias can be housed in a fish only, invertebrate or reef aquarium.  

Setting up the best aquarium for the Stocky Anthias would require keeping them in a well filtered species specific tank of at least 125 gallons/473.2litres. They can be housed together with its own Anthias counterparts.

Although they are middle dwellers and require no specific substrate, they do enjoy an environment with lots of hiding places.

Stocky Anthias feeding

The Stocky Anthias do best when they are fed enriched frozen brine shrimp, varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp and may also eat high quality flake foods over time when they are introduced to an aquarium. The foods are offered in small quantities throughout the day.

An attached refugium that cultivates copepods and amphipods give a steady supply of nutritious live food to keep them alive and active.