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Old 07-19-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Anthias in a 45

Could I keep a trio of Bartlett anthias in my 45 gallon reef tank? They only get to be 3.5 inches so it seems like it should work. Thanks in advance!
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Not knowing what else you have, you could do a harem of 1 male per 3 females.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:48 PM   #3
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I have a very unagressive pair of clownfish and a yellow coris wrasse
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Should be fine.
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I had an anthias, but I wouldnt recommend 3 in a 45g. They like to be in groups but it's usually recommended to have a 125g for more than 1.

This site actually says a 70g tank for one but it has all the other information you'll need on them.

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Awesome! Do I need three females in the harem or would 2 and one male be ok?
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And Carey I know it says that but it just doesn't make sense to me, 70 gallons for a 3.5 inch fish? Idk it doesnt seem right
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i like you guys use of the word harem lol
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Am I using it wrong?
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:56 PM   #10
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When I was shopping for my anthias I had the same questions. I think they are being a bit over conservative myself, but I still think 3 of them plus what you got might be too many. You wouldnt be able to add anything else for sure and anthias arent the easiest fish to keep. I lost my squareback, he apparently just stopped eating. They arent real big on prepared foods....
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