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jose - 2012-02-07
I have a Lionfish and Scorpionfish in a 150 gallon (568 liter). For more then a month, everything is been alright but in the last week the Lionfish has attacked the Scorpionfish twice. Any comments on this behavior? Thanks...

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  • Anonymous - 2012-02-07
    Cool 'aggressive' tank you have there! I personally LOVE lionfish but I don't have the room like you do! Lionfish, are just that..... like a real lion, they are very protective of their 'territory' and he is looking at the scorpionfish as a possible threat to his 'food source.' Re-arrange the rocks and see if that helps. Also make plenty of overhangs for your lionfish so he has plenty to choose from. With some fish, you can make 2 separate 'areas' of rock with sand in between that can help the lionfish 'see' his boundary. Just a thought, and we would like to know if that helps. ;)
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POE - 2011-08-02
I'm a new saltwater aqarumist and I'm looking once I've got my 80 gallon tank ready to put A Volitan Lionfish, a trigger, tang and Eel in it, but here's my question is it cool to have the Eel in the tank ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
    Before you go out and do all of this, I would suggest you read up on the various fish you are speaking of regarding the minimum recommended sized tanks for those fish, It is recommended that a 75 gallon tank be used just for the Lionfish. You want to put some other larger fish in there plus an eel. Just be careful. It is so hard when you go through so much work to set up an aquarium and then because of tank size and size of fish, you wind up with stunted fish or aggression. Lionfish looks awesome though.
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allan - 2007-07-25
wow, i just bought one of these and i love to see him eat. how he stocks his prey and then bam! it's gone. definitely one of the best fishes i've ever had

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  • aelun - 2011-06-11
    If you keep that lionfish you wont be able to get any more fish remember these are sentinent beings so treat them with respect and care and do some more research before getting anything else
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bob - 2010-08-18
I'm new with saltwater fish so what should I have in the tank for them to hide in and all?

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  • aelun - 2011-06-11
    If you want a tank with a lionfish you wont be able to put in any more fish with it but in response to your question lion fish are open water fish and only need a few craks or crevices but most mareine fish like a mixture of both a good few cracks and crevices and also a fair bit of open water.
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Greg Hix - 2011-06-10
Picture's updated now, thanks for your help Greg!... Animal World

nfortunately, the photo shown and ID'd as Pteoris antenatta is not an antenatta, but the closely related Pterois mombassae. Mombasa lionfish are often mistaken for P. antenatta in the aquarium hobby.

We currently keep and study all of the lionfish species that are commonly available to the hobby, and even a few that are rather uncommon.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    Will check that one out. Thank you.
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Lewis knox - 2010-11-28
Hey there,
I am wondering if I should get a volitan lionfish, I have a 30 gallon marine fish tank. In my tank I have 1 Niger triggerfish, 1 Yellow sailfin tang, 1 Cleaner wrasse, 2 firefish gobies and 1 goby.




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  • chris - 2011-01-12
    Niger triggerfish need a 70 gallon and volitans need a 75 preferably larger. The niger will probably kill the firefish and goby. The niger also may pick and the lionfish's fins.
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chris - 2011-01-03
Can I put a volitan lionfish, a miniatus grouper, a niger trigger, a snowflake eel, blue tang, any crustacians, and maybe a mandarin goby in a 125 gallon tank? Is it overstocking?

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Joel - 2010-02-03
I love my Lionfish, all he does is swim around all day. I had a school of cromys in the tank, he's been eating them little by little, lol. But what other fish do you recommend I can put in the tank, and can I have corals?

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  • informedperson21 - 2010-10-23
    Lionfish are an invasive species in florida and cause many problems do not release or have them as pets! They also sting you and should be left in the wild.
  • andy - 2010-12-21
    A yellow tang does well (hard body type to swallow whole).
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Nestor Juan Chanfrau - 2010-02-08
Ladies and Gents I'm new to this site, and while surfing it, ran into this comment:

Just took back my medium/small lion. I was very aware that it'd eat anything it could fit in its mouth. What I didn't realize is just how big a fish that was. It will easlily swallow a fish a third its size, sometimes bigger. If the fish is too long to swallow right away, it will sit around with the fish's tale sticking out of its mouth until it can make room in it's belly. I also thought I could distract my lion by feeding it a large silverside just before I added a Diamond Goby that was borderline too small for my tank. Had no effect on my Lion's appetite. Went hunting immediately and had swallowed him by the next day. His stomach was so big that he didn't move for two days. I reluctantly decided to take him back to allow for smaller fish. If you don't mind having a size limit for fish in your tank, this is an awesome fish, and was one of my favorites until it started eating expensive fish. Keep in mind they grow extremely large, and fast if fed well. Also, don't feed feeder goldfish. They don't have the nutrition needed and can sometimes choke your lion.

Chad
2006-12-13


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Now I have a beautiful Red Volitan Lionfish about 10in or so in lenght I have him with a 24in or so Dragon Eel a 15in or so Bamboo Banded Shark and an 6in Silver Snapper So far all is well I have 175gl Tank and he has not eaten or had any issues with the fishes in the tank; matter of fact he can be hand fed and he is quite tame, I'm guessing the person that wrote about his Lion eating huge fish might be a little far-fetched I mean they are known to be predators or what not but eating fishes 1/3 thier size is hard to believe with that said

Thank you.

Nestor

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  • sabbir - 2010-11-08
    Why don't you add a 3 in fish and see what happens! You didn't have any problems so far as your fishes are very large! Thank you.
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derek - 2009-12-01
I LOVED mine. He WAS awesome until he ate my angelfish, lol. Ahh who am I kidding, I love mine. He was 75 bucks, he's 8-9 inches long, and very beautiful. He's in a 90 gallon with a coral beauty that is being sold, a red emperor snapperfish, and a spotted grouper.

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