Purple Queen Anthias Male

Purple Queen Anthias Male

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The Male Purple Queen Anthias (Pseudanthias tuka) is a stunning and vibrant reef fish commonly kept in marine aquariums. Keeping a male Purple Queen Anthias in your saltwater aquarium can be a rewarding experience. Here's a care guide to help you provide the right environment for this fish.

Tank Setup

Ensure you have an appropriately sized tank. A minimum tank size of 75 gallons (around 284 liters) is recommended. Use live rock and create plenty of hiding spots to mimic their natural reef environment.

Water Quality

Maintain stable water conditions, including a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C) and a specific gravity of about 1.025. Regularly test and maintain ideal levels for pH, ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.


Implement a robust filtration system, such as a protein skimmer, to remove waste and maintain water clarity. Live rock can also serve as biological filtration and provide hiding spots for your Anthias.


Purple Queen Anthias are omnivores. Feed them a varied diet consisting of high-quality frozen or live foods, including brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, copepods, and zooplankton. Marine pellets or flakes can be included for a balanced diet.

Feeding Schedule

Since these fish have fast metabolisms, feed your male Purple Queen Anthias multiple times a day to ensure their health.


Male Purple Queen Anthias are generally peaceful, but they can be territorial and may exhibit aggression toward other males of the same species. Choose tankmates carefully, focusing on peaceful reef fish and invertebrates that are compatible with Anthias.

Hiding Spots

Provide hiding spots using live rock, caves, or coral branches to reduce stress and aggression and create secure areas for your Anthias.

Water Flow and Lighting

Create a suitable environment by providing moderate to strong water flow. Use appropriate lighting for the health of your coral and other tank inhabitants.


Always quarantine new fish before introducing them to your main tank to prevent the spread of disease.

Behavior and Compatibility

In the wild, Purple Queen Anthias are often found in haremic groups, which include one dominant male and multiple female Purple Queen Anthias. It's best to keep only one male in your tank to avoid aggression problems. You can keep a small group of females with the male to replicate their natural behavior.


Regularly monitor your fish for any signs of stress, disease, or aggression, and take appropriate actions if any issues arise.

Keeping a male Purple Queen Anthias in a saltwater aquarium is a beautiful and rewarding experience when done correctly. Remember that maintaining a marine aquarium requires dedication and attention to detail, so be prepared to invest the time and resources needed to ensure the well-being of your fish and other tank inhabitants. Consulting with experts and conducting thorough research can help you succeed in this endeavor.