Anthias – Sunset Anthias (Pseudanthias parvirostris)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Owing to their different color variation, they are sometimes called Diadem or Shortsnout.
Among the color variations of the Sunset Anthias, we can notice a predominance of yellow and a highlight of red on the anal and caudal fins.

Quick stats – Sunset Anthias

Category Info
Origin Maldives
Max size 3” / 7.62 cm
Aquarium Min. 75 gallons / 284 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 Red, yellow
Lifespan 3-5 years

Sunset Anthias description

Sunset Anthias are social species often found in school groups and occupying the middle portion of their natural habitat.
As with other Anthias species, the Sunset Anthias are hermaphrodite with the largest and dominant female of the group often morphing into a male in the absence of any other male.

Sunset Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Sunset Anthias - Pseudanthias parvirostris

Setting up the best aquarium home for the Sunset Anthias would require a well filtered species-specific aquarium with a minimum of 75 gallons/284 litres to house a single Sunset Anthias species.

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.

Although Sunset Anthias are middle dwellers with no preference to a particular substrate, they tend to enjoy an environment with lots of caves, ledges and hiding places.

As peaceful and social species, the Sunset Anthias are compatible with similar sized and peaceful
species.

Sunset Anthias feeding

Sunset 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.