Originally Posted by swishyfishies
So are you saying that the cardinals gramma won't get along?
The reason I say this is because the cardinals as a rule are very peaceful and skiddish. If the gramma becomes the dominant fish in the tank it may become a "holy" terror.
Would I be able to keep a single anthia? I keep hearing they need live foods & are hard to get to eat & that I should skip them.
I would really depend on which species you choose. Many cannot be housed in smaller tank and would make for a limited choice.
I think you would have better results with a pair, but if you choose one then opt for the male. They can be hard to acclimate but if you choose ones that have been at the LFS
and eating then it should be okay. The only caution would be to wait until the tank has had time to mature to offer sufficient natural grazing foods. If you are having any doubts about the Anthias, then I would definately suggest making an alternate choice.
A great alternate would be a fairy/flasher/carpenter wrasse
. They can be housed in smaller tank, they are easier to acclimate and would have a similar appearance/behavour to what you are looking at now.