Pink Square Anthias (Pseudanthias pleurotaenia) Care
The Pink Square Anthias, Pseudanthias pleurotaenia, is also known as the Square Shoulder Anthias. These fish come from the Pacific Ocean into the Indian Ocean. Females are a pinkish-orange color with some having a thin blue line from the face to the pectoral fin. Males are a bright reddish-pink color with a bright pink square on the side.
Pink Square Anthias are carnivores and require a diet including meaty foods such as mysis and brine shrimp, copepods and amphipods, and fortified marine fish food. They should be fed a couple of times a day. These anthias are hardier than many other of this species.
These fish require an aquarium of at least 100 gallons and will do well in both reef tanks and fish-only tanks. They are schooling fish and need plenty of room to swim, good water flow, and places to hide in the tank. Anthias school in harems with one male and multiple females; if the male dies, the dominant female with change sex to become the male. They should be housed with other non-aggressive fish.
Anthias are reef safe and will not bother coral, inverts or other fish, except other anthias species.