Sea Dwelling Creatures, a MAC certified aquatics wholesaler, has recently announced the availability of six very rare Yellow Anthias, Holanthias fuscipennis. This group of anthias was caught at a depth of about 400 feet and the fish range in size from 3-4″. The pictures seem to show healthy individuals, which is quite a feat for this fish as decompression problems usually occur with fish caught at extreme depths.
When fish are collected from deep water and transported to the surface, the expanding gases in their swim bladders can actually cause it to burst or extrude from the fish’s mouth. To prevent this from happening, some collectors use a technique called needling, which is exactly what it sounds like. They puncture the swim bladder to deflate it. Depending on the depth the fish was caught, this may have to be done multiple times. The fish will quickly heal itself from the swim bladder needling.
The yellow anthias is very similar in appearance to the blotchy anthias (H. borbonius), but it’s coloration is so much more striking. It has red horizontal stripes, purple-tipped fins, and even some blotches. This anthias also has a beefier price tag, easily crossing the $2k mark for each individual. Currently, SDC only has six available, which will be sold as individually or as pairs.