Blotchy Anthia (Odontanthias borbonius)


Max Size: 6 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Semi-Aggressivel
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons

The Blotched Anthias is a highly sought-after and admired fish among both reef aquarium enthusiasts and anthias aficionados. Its alluring coloration and infrequent availability in the aquarium trade have caused it to gain a near-cult following. The Blotched Anthias has a warm pink body with unique and irregular-shaped markings in a rustic golden hue. The fins boast a contrasting lemon-yellow coloration that adds excitement to the overall appearance. This stunning combination of colors looks as if it was taken directly from a tropical sunset. The anterior dorsal fin is distinctively spiny while the soft dorsal fin and tail have graceful filaments for an aesthetically pleasing display. The Blotched Anthias is an immediate attraction due to these outstanding qualities.

The Blotched Anthias is an ideal addition to a large, established reef aquarium, especially one with a deeper area. As it originates from deep waters, it prefers to occupy the lower regions of the tank. For a natural environment, decorate the aquarium generously with live rock to create enough crevices and caves for the Blotched Anthias to seek refuge. However, it is important to maintain open areas and enough surface area to keep water oxygenation adequate. A low to moderate lighting environment is optimal for the Blotched Anthias, but it can adapt well to the more intense lighting that is typical of modern reef aquariums.

After the acclimation period, the Blotched Anthias requires a varied diet of enriched frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and, over time, high-quality flake food offered in small quantities throughout the day. A refugium attached to the aquarium that cultivates copepods and amphipods can provide a reliable supply of nutritious live food that is sure to satisfy this active planktivore.