Anyone had luck with Purple Queen Anthias?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Bruce Spiegelman, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I had a dream earlier (bad) about having bought some anthias and getting home and realizing they were purple queens and panicking about how they were all gonna die.
     
  2. Damn you're getting old. I still dream of naked women and you dream of dead fish.
     
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  3. Are you going through puberty, Bruce? ;)
     
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I’m 0 for 7 on Tukas.

    Good luck!


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  5. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    I tried them once 9+ years ago...back when I didn't know any better...they only lasted 1-2 months I think.
     
  6. Everyone's next favorite anthias that are easier then?
     
  7. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Dispars, Bartlets, Bimacs, Sunsets


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  8. Most peaceful of those?
     
  9. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Peaceful? I’m not sure there are any nonpeaceful Anthias.


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  10. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I had a male Bartlett that would be aggressive to fish smaller than itself. And anthias can be pretty aggressive towards their own kind, keeping a submissive female hiding all the time, etc. But in general, quite peaceful.


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  11. Corallus

    Corallus BAR Sponsorship Coordinator

    I love lyretails; easy to feed, not aggressive, but can hang with tangs, clowns and dwarf angels.
     
  12. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Bartletts and Ignitus. Of the two, the Ignitus are less aggressive IME.


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  13. Thales

    Thales Past President

    We have had great luck with them in the big tank and in smaller tanks. The key is twofold - get them eating all kinds of food in QT and them feed them many times during the day once out of QT. Most people just dump them in a tank and hope, which tends not to work.
     
  14. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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  16. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Haven't kept them in awhile. Last set that I got weren't P. tuka but P. pascale instead. They came in with euronema and didn't clear quarantine.

    I agree with Rich that you have to get them to eat and feed them often. The last P. tuka that I kept was back in 2012 and they were eating roe before I got them on pellets. They were then fed 8x a day via a couple of Eheim feeders. They got fat and were eventually given to Boun when I broke down that tank.

    If you're looking at aggressiveness, from less to more:

    dispars = purple queen, followed by ignitus, sunsets, bartletts, ventralis, bimacs

    Here's the one of the dispar hanging out with one of the purple queen females in the background.
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  17. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    +1 for lyretail. Very chill for the most part, the male will do a little chasing but no harm. Last but not least, they are cheap!
     
  18. Can you mix different male anthias? A lyretail and an Ignatius and a Evansi for instance?
     
  19. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    I have successfully kept Bartletts with Ignitus and Fasciatus in my 300g.
     

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