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   The Volitans Lionfish, Black Lionfish, or Red Firefish are so lazy that many times people think they are dead when they are merely resting upside down!
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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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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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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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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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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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