Common Name: Ventralis Anthias
Scientific Name: Pseudanthias ventralis
Min. Tank Size: 50 gallons
Captive Care: Difficult
Max. Size: 7 cm (2.7")
Range: Pacific Ocean: Great Barrier Reef to islands in Oceania. Replaced by Pseudanthias hawaiiensis at the Hawaiian and Johnston Islands
Depth: 26 - 120m (85 - 393ft)
Remarks: The Ventralis Anthias are spectacularly bright in colors, and also a very delicate species that should only be kept by the experienced and seasoned aquarists. The key to success is to ensure that they are the first dominant fish in the aquarium, besides acquiring a healthy specimen. This allows them time to settle and adjust to their new surroundings and will make it easier for them start feeding. Providing lots of hiding places with subdued lighting will go a long way. They have been known to go into hiding for weeks before venturing out into the open area of an aquarium.