Feeding of particular fishes (Anthiinae)

Many aquarists stop their languid eye in front of an aquarium on sale containing these wonderful fishes. Such school fish is not part of the most loved ones for a barrier aquarium, but it is considered particularly difficult in the feeding. The reason lies in the tiny stomach of this plankton hunter, which makes a continual provision of food practically necessary. The exact opposite of the ambush predators, like groupers and morays. Therefore the Anthias cannot be fed “with reserve”, administering a lot of food at once. These fishes are also very demanding as regards the type of feeding. In the critical stage of acclimatization in the aquarium the right feeding of the Anthias, both from the quantity and typology point of view, is very important.

The lobster eggs are a delicacy for the Anthias spp.

The lobster eggs are a delicacy for the Anthias spp.

For this purpose shrimp, lobster and fish eggs have proved to be useful, which are available on the market as frozen food in specialized shops. Always defrost the feed ensuring that the water accurately drains off, since it is very rich in phosphates (not relavant for the artemias), before administering it. Give fishes the time to feed and provide repeated small portions. Change the food, choosing different types, both for color and size. For most of these fishes like Pseudanthias squamipinnis, P. tuka, P. pleurotaenia and others, quite big fish eggs (around 1-2 mm diameter) are suitable, while for the species that remain smaller and the younger fishes, the lobster eggs are more appropriate (around 0,5 mm). Feed the fishes at least three times a day, better if more often. The main lighting in the aquarium does not necessarily need to be switched on, so that the administration of food can also takes place outside the lighting period. You can also feed your Anthias early in the morning, before going to work and late in the evening, when the aquarium still receives light from the environmental lighting. Once got used to the eggs, you will also be able to use other frozen feeds (Mysys, Artemia), or to mix them with some granulates. Although you can slowly accustom these fishes to a feeding based on dried food, it is always advisable, from time to time, to keep on administering these protein-rich foods, mainly to stimulate the intense color of the fishes. By the way, also the regal angelfish, (Pygoplites diacanthus), which is so difficult to accustom to the substitute foods, when young seems to appreciate a lot these feeds.