Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias Juv/Female



Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias or Saddleback Anthias.

    • Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias Juv/Female
    • Pseudanthias flavoguttatus
    • Care: Intermediate
    • Diet: Carnivorous Planktivore
    • Group Size: Alone or 1 male to 3+ females
    • Place of origin: Indo- West Pacific Ocean
    • Coral Safe: Generally yes
    • Critter Safe: Generally yes
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Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias Juv/Female, Pseudanthias flavoguttatus, also go by the name Saddleback Anthias. These fish have nice hot pink bodies and cute yellow faces. As the name suggests, these elegant fish show off a series of red stripes along their back. Their fins have light yellow or pink hues.

Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias Juv/Female Ecology.

These fish range from: Indonesia, the Marshall Islands, Japan and Christmas Island, in the Indo- West Pacific Ocean. They live on and around: coral reefs, steep slopes, channels, drop offs or caves. The structures help the fish dodge predators. When feeling scared, they will quickly vanish and fix themselves into nooks and crannies.

In nature, Juv/Female Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias feed passively, as do most types of Anthias. Which means they stay in relatively still positions, while facing the current. When Pelagic zooplankton drifts towards them in the water, the fish snatch their food up. With this method, the hunters easily get hold of small critters and eggs, while using up the smallest amount of energy possible. Feeding is fairly constant, although other behaviours punctuate this activity.

These are fish that live in social groups, with one male to around 5 or more females. Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias are also protogynous hermaphrodites. Which means when the top male dies, the largest female in the group will turn male. It will then become the new breeding male. As a result, all juvenile Saddleback Anthias, are in fact young females.

Pseudanthias flavoguttatus, Saddleback Anthias In the Aquarium. 

It is important to have good currents and regular feeding in order to copy the natural environment. A wave maker can help with this. Keepers should think about using a jump guard to stop any loses.

Juv/Female Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept frozen mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. They will also eat live foods, such as copepods and amphipods, that can be cultivated in attached refugium. Over time, these fish may have small amounts of high quality flake food as well. Our Anthias are adapted to aquarium life and most are eating a good quality frozen food, enriched with garlic guard and vitamins, before being offered for sale. We find that the best way to keep these fish is in a group. Hobbyists should aim to keep at least 1 Male Red Saddled Flavoguttatus Anthias with 3 or more females.


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