Their gorgeous flowing fins no doubt inspired the Fairy reference and the Basslet portion of the name recognizes that they are the little cousins of Sea Basses and Groupers. Because of their small size, they do not pose a threat to other fish and make wonderful reef inhabitantss. In the wild, Anthias form large schooling groups on the reefs. A single male will claim part of the reef as his and fight off other males that try to invade. The other Anthias present are juveniles and females, which the male keeps a watchful eye on. For aquariums, the females should be introduced first and a male at a later date. One of the more difficult Anthias varieties to keep, the Ventralis Anthias, also known as the Longfin Anthias does well when kept alone and requires a 30 gallon tank. The male's body is purple to reddish pink, with yellow fins and yellow markings on the face. The female is a dark orange-brown. The Ventralis Anthias does best in low-to-moderate indirect lighting on a diet of zooplankton and floating filamentous algae.
- Scientific Name: Pseudanthias Ventralis
- Origin: Island and Australia
- Max Size: 3 inches
- Diet: Zooplankton, brine Shrimp and copepods.
- Shipping Size: 1 to 2 inches