Carberryi / Threadfin Anthia (Nemanthias carberryi)
Max Size: 4 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
The Carberryi Anthias (Nemanthias carberryi), also known as the Threadfin Anthias, is a stunning fish native to the reefs of the Maldives. Sporting a vibrant and striking appearance, these Anthias feature a delightful purple coloration on their head and abdomen, complemented by cheerful yellow hues on their anterior portion. Beyond their beauty, Carberryi Anthias are highly active marine fish that can help draw out shier tankmates that cohabit with them. They tend to occupy the midwater region of the aquarium but do appreciate having several hiding spots available.
For their well-being, it is recommended to keep Carberryi Anthias in groups or shoals within a species-specific tank of at least 70 gallons. If forming an anthias shoal, it is best to have a majority of juvenile and female individuals. Only one male should be introduced, unless the aquarium is large enough to accommodate more. Even in a spacious marine setup, the ratio should lean heavily towards juveniles and/or female anthias, typically maintaining about one male for every four to six females/juveniles. Interestingly, anthias species share the unique trait of being hermaphroditic, meaning that if a dominant male perishes, the largest female in the group can transform to take on the male role.
Once they have adjusted to their new aquarium environment, Carberryi Anthias thrive when offered a varied diet. This should include enriched frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and over time, they may also consume high-quality flake foods, provided in small quantities throughout the day. To ensure a continuous supply of nutritious live food, setting up an attached refugium that cultivates copepods and amphipods is highly beneficial, keeping these active planktivores content and healthy.