The Yellow Back Anthias is a bright and colourful marine fish. It is predominantly violet, the flanks are sprinkled with yellow dots, and an orange line runs laterally from nose to pectoral fin.
With a peaceful nature, this fish does well with other non-aggressive fish of the same variety. If keeping more than one Yellow Back Anthias, it is best to have one male with several females.
Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often morph to take its place.
Once acclimated to a new aquarium, anthias do best when fed a varied diet of frozen mysis shrimp, enriched frozen brine shrimp, and over time may eat high-quality flake foods offered in small quantities throughout the day. An attached refugium cultivating copepods and amphipods provides a steady supply of nutritious live food sure to keep this active planktivore content.
The Yellow Back Anthias can be difficult to maintain and is not appropriate for the inexperienced aquarist.