There are many species of this generally colourful genus made available to the hobby, either regularly, or occasionally – depending on their status of being prolific or rare in the wild. They are rarely seen as solitary individuals on the reef, and in some instances may be found in huge aggregations. A good varied diet is essential for success.
The Wreck Fish (pseudoanthias squamipinnis) like most others species of the same genus, spend their natural lives as a dominant male with a harem of females, as see in the picture. Keeping them in the aquarium is often more successful when a similar group is assembled. This species is prolific and almost always available to the hobby.
The Banded Fairy Basslet (pseudanthias fasciatus) is one of a number of Pseudanthias species which only appear occasionally to the aquarium market. Coming from deep water, it sometimes takes a while to acclimatise them to being kept in a shallow aquarium.