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Realistic reef keeper - 2009-11-21
"I just got a dwarf lionfish and I'm already in love with him. He's in a 30 gallon tank with a yellow tang, a picasso triggerfish, a clown triggerfish and a panther grouper. I love the way he watches and then boom! And the fish is gone. I would recommend this to anybody with a semi aggressive saltwater aquarium.
some fish lover!"
2009-11-01



Your tank is way to over stocked for the fish you have. You need to do more research before just filling your tank up with whatever you please. They are living creatures try using better judgment with them. You should have at least a 75 gallon tank for those fish. They will most likely die soon if they are not dead already.

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  • Richard - 2010-04-10
    If you are going to keep the lionfish you need to get rid of the triggerfish and grouper too big for a 30 gal. aquarium, not fair to the fish to over stock the aquarium.
  • Steve - 2010-04-14
    I agree with that, as I am about to pick up a fuzzy dwarf lionfish and introduce him to a yellow tang, blonde naso, coral beauty, blue tang and gold stripe maroon clownfish. No fish is over 6" and they are in a six foot long 150 gallon tank established mini reef. Those fish like mine will exceed that tank and probably mine, in a short span of time. Please research what you are doing before you do it. The nitrates alone will make the fish less tolerable to the water changes you will have to do keeping all those med to large fish and a lionfish. I change 40 to 50 gallons every 2-3 weeks and that keeps my Nitrates at .08 ppm to .10 ppm.
  • aelun - 2011-06-11
    Listen you have actually got 2 rather agressive fish and as they grow they will most likely kill your other fish especially considering your tank size. If you want your your fish to survive then you'll need a much bigger tank probably 110 gallons and if you want anenomes say goodbye to your clown trigger fish.
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-01
    4 words, GET A BIGGER TANK!
  • Bill Vasalofsky - 2014-05-29
    A Panther Grouper can get up to 2 feet long and you are reccomending a 75 Gallon tank for that and two triggers, and a lion fish?  I saw a cool video of a Grouper eating a Volitan Lionfish on YouTube.  Those Clown Triggers aren't the nicest fish either.  You're really not supposed to put Trigger Fish in the same tank either.  Just some thoughts.  You probably won't have to worry about the 2 foot Grouper because they'll probably all die before it gets that big.
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Adam - 2013-01-02
Hi there they are great I have one but just wanted to know he has broken one of his fins on top of his eyes will it grow back at all

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Yes they will normally grow back.
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Anonymous - 2012-02-01
Hi, I found one of these at thatpetplace.com for $29.99 and thought it looked cool but I have never had a saltwater aquarium. I was thinking about trying to breed them by buying 3(it would also get me free shiping) and maybe turn the water brakish or something to incourage breeding. How big of a tank would I need to do this and would it also be a good idea to change the decor in the tank as the water becomes less salty?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-24
    Are you looking at Freshwater Lionfish or the shortfin lionfish selected?  These are not the best fish to start with when doing a saltwater tank.  They can deliver an inexperienced fishkeeper a nasty sting.  To do what you are talking about you would need atleast a 100 gallon tank and I am not understanding why you would reduce the salinity.  But I may be confused on which lionfish you are talking about.
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Daniel Soto - 2011-11-10
Which lionfish can I put in a 10 gallon tank? A volitan or an antennata? Also which one can I put in a 20 gal tank?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-11
    You really should not be keeping any lionfish in a 10 or 20 gallon aquarium. To thrive, the really need to have a minimum of a 75 gallon aquarium. In general, for most saltwater fish you will want to have a fairly large aquarium to accommodate their needs and to keep the tank chemistry balanced.
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ADRIAN HOWE - 2006-01-08
This is a simply stunning fish with exquisite colours. My fish has settled in perfectly with the rest of my fish and has not bothered any of them. The smallest is a firefish and I also have a cleaner shrimp which even tries to 'clean' the lionfish. It even feeds on algae pellets which I originally bought for the tangs. My advice is go and buy one!

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  • corrie - 2011-10-05
    The fish you are keeping with the lionfish in time he will eat them like the firefish and also the cleanershrimp...... I have been keeping lionfish for over 20 years......So please keep eye on size of the mouth of the Lionfish
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phantom - 2011-11-20
Can I feed fresh water feeders to a lion fish?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-08
    Hypothetically, yes. However, the fresh water feeder fish will endure great stress before they are eaten, as they are fresh water, and not salt water. I would not recommend the act.
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coree - 2011-11-09
Do they eat clownfish and damsels if not I'm getting one.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-09
    It really depends on the size of both the clownfish/damsels and the lionfish you get. If they are small enough to fit in the lionfish's mouth, there is a definite possibility of them being eaten!
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-13
    OK I wiil give you them for free.
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Robin - 2012-04-23
Hi guys, I've a small doubt regarding red volitan lionfish as I've taught this small guy which is almost 4 inches. I just wanted to know whether my red volitan is poisonous, as I have got stung by my volitan. Pls help me with this and what treatment I can take if it's poisonous.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-23
    They do have poison but each person reacts much differently. Soak the area in hot water, this will break down the poison. It may be wise to go to the hospital to make fure a spine did not break off and get lodged. I have taken many stings in a tank and in the ocean and have never had much more then pain and swelling.
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Andrew - 2012-04-21
One of my favorite fish in the marine world. Beautiful and venomous! This fish needs a large tank no smaller than 65 gal. Once acclimated and feeding, this fish will get bold and hardy. Try to introduce it to eat Freshwater Ghost shrimp and slowly move on to chopped market prawn, fish meat etc. Long term feeding of freshwater feeders is not good for any saltwater fish due to its nutrition. Moderately peaceful fish but will swallow any fish that could fit into their mouth.

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jose - 2012-02-07
Yes, definitely.

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