Fish Guide

Purple Queen Anthias   (Pseudanthias tuka)
Family: Serranidae (Anthias, Groupers)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 7 to 98 ft.   Size: 4.7 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Zooplankton, Phytoplankton
Natural History: The Purple Queen Anthias is found on reef slopes to over 100 foot depth. It is generally found in groups of females with a single male. This species often mixes with Pseudanthias pascalus and the Magenta Slender Anthias (Luzonichthys waitei). It is sometimes referred to as Mirolabrichthys tuka, using its subgenus name.
Husbandry: The Purple Queen Anthias are planktonic feeders and will swim about the middle of an aquarium, searching for floating food. They are difficult to feed and do not acclimate easily without the introduction of live food. This species is best kept in groups of one male and 4 or 5 females. They should be housed with peaceful species in an aquarium with numerous hiding places. A refugium and live rock with help provide the zooplankton that this species feeds upon. It prefers moderate light levels.

AKA: Amethyst Anthias, Sailfin Anthias, Yellowstripe Anthias, Purple Anthias

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