2 females 1 male? (anthias)

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  1. malooda

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    hi

    can i get 2 female anthias and 1 male?

    or do i have to have 5 or more?

    thanks
     
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    Which Anthias..from the Genus Pseudanthias...I spot so many..:p
    Anthias

    From this Article I gather that the Genus Pseudanthias - Anthias are the one's commonly found in our Tanks...I also saw a mention of 2Females to 1Male..or more if you want(Females)...

    "...Most fishes from the genus Pseudanthias are sexually dichromatic and dimorphic, meaning that males and females look different. This is important, because successfully putting together a shoal of these fishes requires there to be the correct ratio of males to females. In almost all cases, this means including one male anthias with two or more female anthias...
    Genus Pseudanthias - Anthias

    Hopefully the guys who has them in there Tanks will be able to help you out and give you the Info you need...hope what I have given you in the meantime, will be of some use...:blush:

    PS: What size Tank do you have...?
     
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    You can get all females as the dominant one will turn into a male :thumbup:
     
  5. Kunhardt

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    ya 3 anthias are fine, as Hermie also stated you can just buy 3 females and over time the dominant one will become a male, you dont necessarily have to buy 2 females and a male.
     
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    all the above are the correct answers ..... 2females and 1male , else 3 females
     
  7. malooda

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    Thanks guys

    Got three females
     
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    3 will work but ive found that its best to have a small group of 5 or 7. often when one has 3 the weakest gets harrassed and can die, leaving you with a pair where the male will harrase the female, so my advice if you have the space is for 4 or 5 females and a male. feeding is very important with anthias and if the weaker fish dont get a chance to feed they fade in colour and die fairly easily.

    also adding a midas blennie to a tank with a shoal of anthias often confuses the male anthia and takes a fair deal of the attention off the females and actually allows the group a more settled pattern. the midas just slips back into a rocky hole once the attention gets too much and the male anthia goes back to looking after his ladies.
     
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