The Lagoon stocks several species of beautiful and healthy Anthias (pseudoanthia sp.) which are often considered the prize of the saltwater aquarist’s tank. Our Bartlett’s Anthias (not pictured) are one of the hardiest species of Anthias available in the aquarium trade. They adapt well to aquarium life and are aggressive feeders unlike other anthias species that might take coaxing or special foods to get them to adapt to their new environment and feed correctly. They must be fed at least twice a day, and require a diet rich in meaty foods that contain zooplankton.
The Clown Trigger is the most prized of all saltwater fish. However they are not for everyone because of a max size of 20 inches in length and are very aggressive. Tiny juveniles have a high mortality rate but the larger juveniles and adults are very hardy. Keep your eye on them because they can snap and start killing tank mates without warning.
The Emperor angelfish is one of the most desired species of angels. The juvenile fish shown in the photo, changes into a color pattern of yellow stripes and tail. They reach 15 inches in lengt, so don’t think about one unless your tank is 100 gallons or larger. Emperors must have a varied diet consisting of marine algae, mysis, angel variety foods, and vitamin-enriched color enhancing foods to maintain full color and not succumb to later-line erosion.
The flashy Flame Angel is a very hardy dwarf angel. With a max size of only 3.9 inches a Flame Angel is suitable for a nano tank 20 plus gallons in size. They are not good reef fish as they tend to nip on LPS corals, Zoo’s, calm mantles and some sort corals. Feed your Flame a variety of foods containing spirulina and marine algae as well as meaty food’s such as PE mysis.
Another excellent reef fish is a fire goby, or fire fish and they come in three varieties, red, purple, and the rare deepwater Helfrichi. All three types are hardy reef inhabitants and should be kept in groups of two or more, you can mix species if you add them to the tank at the same time. Maximum size is 3.5” so they work well in a nano tank. They are carnivorous and should be fed brine shrimp or other finely chopped seafood. The red variety is commonly stocked at our store for ten dollars or less.