Originally Posted by squidward
Yes they have species that can be kept in a small tank if housed alone . But IMO
they are a very delicate fish , shy eaters .
I know you probably know this, just clarifying for posterity sake. Anthias should never be housed "alone" they are a social fish and do well in groups. They can be kept in a species only tank. Most aren't shy eaters so much as they are finicky eaters. No two groups will eat the same thing it seems and you'll have to find the food that works best for you. Only buy anthias that are fat & happy, and ask your LFS
what they are eating well. You'll also do well to feed them smaller portions more regularly throughout the day. (3-5) They are highly active fish with a fast metabolism, and will benefit more. Also "small tank" should never be anything smaller then a 50 gallon or 48" long tank for maximum 3-4 fish. They really need to jet around quite a bit to be happy.