Dispar Anthias male
The Madder Seaperch, also known as the Dispar Anthias, is a fish species with males having a bright red dorsal fin and no red stripes on their tail. Females may display yellowish-orange on the top and pale lavender to white on the underside. In the wild, the Dispar Anthias is commonly found in reefs and thrives best in shallow water. For optimal living conditions in captivity, a 125-gallon tank with one male and up to ten females is recommended. If housed singly, a 70-gallon tank is sufficient. Anthias species are all hermaphroditic, meaning they possess both male and female reproductive organs. If a dominant male dies, the largest female of the group may morph into a male to take its place. To ensure the well-being of the Dispar Anthias, it is recommended to provide them with a varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and high-quality flake foods offered in small quantities throughout the day. A refugium that cultivates copepods and amphipods can provide a steady supply of nutritious live food for this active planktivore.