Animal Stories - Shortfin Lionfish


Animal-World Information about: Shortfin Lionfish

   The Shortfin Lionfish or Dwarf Lionfish is one of the most personable marine fish! They get along well and are passive with other lions and other fish!
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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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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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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!
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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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some fish lover! - 2009-11-01
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.

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dakota - 2008-10-31
Cool lionfish. I have one and his name is rodger, lol.

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Ryan - 2007-08-15
I've had my shortfin almost two weeks, cool fish, great eater, very social, squirts water out the top of the tank when we feed our other fish first!

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laeeiq - 2006-03-12
love my Dwarf Lionfish. He is the coolest fish I've ever had.

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Chino - 2006-02-13
I love my Dwarf Lionfish. He is the coolest fish I've ever had.

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