Anyone had luck with Purple Queen Anthias?

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  1. Bruce Spiegelman

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    I had a dream earlier (bad) about having bought some anthias and getting home and realizing they were purple queens and panicking about how they were all gonna die.
     
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    Damn you're getting old. I still dream of naked women and you dream of dead fish.
     
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    Are you going through puberty, Bruce? ;)
     
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    I’m 0 for 7 on Tukas.

    Good luck!


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    I tried them once 9+ years ago...back when I didn't know any better...they only lasted 1-2 months I think.
     
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    Everyone's next favorite anthias that are easier then?
     
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    Dispars, Bartlets, Bimacs, Sunsets


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    Most peaceful of those?
     
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    Peaceful? I’m not sure there are any nonpeaceful Anthias.


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    I had a male Bartlett that would be aggressive to fish smaller than itself. And anthias can be pretty aggressive towards their own kind, keeping a submissive female hiding all the time, etc. But in general, quite peaceful.


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    I love lyretails; easy to feed, not aggressive, but can hang with tangs, clowns and dwarf angels.
     
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    Bartletts and Ignitus. Of the two, the Ignitus are less aggressive IME.


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    We have had great luck with them in the big tank and in smaller tanks. The key is twofold - get them eating all kinds of food in QT and them feed them many times during the day once out of QT. Most people just dump them in a tank and hope, which tends not to work.
     
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    Do any LFS stores in the area carry the San Francisco frozen Cyclops?
     
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    Haven't kept them in awhile. Last set that I got weren't P. tuka but P. pascale instead. They came in with euronema and didn't clear quarantine.

    I agree with Rich that you have to get them to eat and feed them often. The last P. tuka that I kept was back in 2012 and they were eating roe before I got them on pellets. They were then fed 8x a day via a couple of Eheim feeders. They got fat and were eventually given to Boun when I broke down that tank.

    If you're looking at aggressiveness, from less to more:

    dispars = purple queen, followed by ignitus, sunsets, bartletts, ventralis, bimacs

    Here's the one of the dispar hanging out with one of the purple queen females in the background.
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    +1 for lyretail. Very chill for the most part, the male will do a little chasing but no harm. Last but not least, they are cheap!
     
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    Can you mix different male anthias? A lyretail and an Ignatius and a Evansi for instance?
     
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    I have successfully kept Bartletts with Ignitus and Fasciatus in my 300g.
     

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