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
|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
|Colors||Red, orange, yellow, purple|
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
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.