Anthias – Waitei Anthias (Luzonichthys waitei)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Otherwise known as the Magenta Slender Anthias which relates its color and body description, the Waitei Anthias is one of the most beautiful but shy species of the Anthias group with a sporadic appearance which makes it a choice for most fish keepers.

Quick stats – Waitei Anthias

Category Info
Origin Fiji, Indonesia
Max size 3” / 7.62 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 Difficult
Behaviour Peaceful
Diet Carnivore
Family Serranidae
Colors Red, orange, yellow, purple
Lifespan 3-5 years

Waitei Anthias description

As the name suggests, the Waitei Anthias have a slender body with a split dorsal fin. This is an energetic fish with varying shades of orange, purple and magenta coloration which makes it stand out in the aquarium home while lighting up the room.

There is difficulty in identifying the different sex individuals of the Waitei Anthias as both males and females have similar coloration.

Waitei Anthias in the ideal aquarium

Luzonichthys waitei

Setting up the best aquarium for the Waitei Anthias will require a well filtered minimum of 125 gallons / 473.2 litres to house a few groups of 5 or more individuals. The Waitei Anthias are best suited for a reef environment with live rocks to provide them with lots of caves and hiding places.

The tank should be ensured to have plenty of open areas and surface area for proper water oxygenation.

As peaceful and shy species, Waitei Anthias are not suitable tankmates with aggressive and overactive species including similar Anthias groups.

Waitei Anthias feeding

Waitei 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.