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Volitan Lionfish

 
Volitan Lionfish are some of the most popular and most recognizable saltwater fish available. They are compatible with most other fish and invertebrates too large to eat but they will prey on crustaceans, shrimp and small fish. The long defensive spines on this fish are venomous and can cause a very painful sting.


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Just a natural beauty featured

Comments This is a beautiful fish to have in you tank. It is a reef safe fish but hard to keep with most of the fsh we keep in a reef. If it fits in the lionfish mouth it will eat it. I think these fish are better for fowlr aquarium setup. I have had a couple of these and they can be difficult to get eating anything other than live food. One I had ate right away but the other 2 it took some playing to get them going. I used silversides on a skewer and tried to make the fish look natural. After quite a few times of doing it I got the other 2 to eat. After they were acclimaed pretty much anything I dropped in the tank got taken out before it hit the bottom. I fed silversides and marine shrimp mostly but would drop in other uncooked seafood once in awhile. I also acclimated mollys to salt just for a treat and to give the lionfish a lil challenge once in a while. Great fish but beware they are poisonous and I almost got hit a couple times while cleaning the tank.


Liked about it Beautiful fish
Fun to watch it take down the mollys


Didn't like A lil tough to get acclimated to frozen food
Got to be careful of the dorsal fins


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By Dnazta
Nov 27, 2010
 
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beautiful fish featured

Comments These lions are actually pretty easy to keep given that you have the tank size to make it happy. Reaching about 15 inches as an adult, the fish does require a large tank, and better something with a big footprint. I've kept one of these in a reef before, which can be done, but don't be fooled into thinking they won't eat your other fish. This lion will go after anything its own size or smaller, and I've paid for that mistake myself. These fish are generally peaceful, so they can be kept with most any other fish that are larger than it.


Liked about it This fish are pretty easy to acclimate to prepared foods, though they do appreciate a live snack from time to time. They are inexpensive and easy to care for in my experience, and they require a lot of attention. Their coloration and intricate fins make them a show stopper when visitors are admiring your tank, I find them very attractive and fun fish if you have the space for them.


Didn't like There are a lot of things to consider with lion fish. First, they are messy eaters and are going to really tax your filtration system. If you keep them with corals, you're going to need very beefy filtration. Second, they get large. I've seen recommendations as low as 50 gallons for this fish, but at full size you're going to want something easily twice that large. Finally, they can't be kept with smaller fish or mobile inverts, as those will inevitably become snacks for this fish.


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3.0

By crvz
May 28, 2010
 
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Elegant looking beauty.

Comments This fish makes an elegant display with their fins like fans spread out around their body. They arent very active so dont expect them to swim around your tank. Mainly they stay perched on a safe place and wait for feeding time, then stalk their prey. Live feeders will have to do it at start then try to get them weaned onto frozen food. Wiggling will help their prey drive into attack mode. If they refuse to go frozen, live Ghost Shrimp work well. It's a predator so remember, if it can fit in its mouth, it will be dinner. I watched mine sit with a shrimp half in half out one time because he bit off more than he could chew.


Liked about it Beautiful show piece in your tank, personality and a con artist (you'll see when it gets hungry trying to guilt you to feed it).


Didn't like Spines are poisonous if nipped or pricked, messy fish but with the proper system care will be just fine.


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5.0

By Quik Z06
Jul 19, 2011
 
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eats and hunts like a lion

Comments lionfish are a very hardy fish. they survive in water that some fish may die in, not to say that you should keep them in these conditions. a good idea when feeding is to try and wean them onto dead foods and add a high protein vitamin to the food by simply sticking it in there. you should always treat them with live food once a month, but make sure they are not freshwater as freshwater feeder fish can cause lung diesease due to the amount of fat in them. a good feeder is ghost Shrimp, and other shrimps or perhaps small saltwater fish, depending on the size of the fish and your lionfish.
they are a joy to have around since they are big and will be noticeable through most of the day, but if you are going to get one of these beware that they will eat ANYTHING slightly smaller than them, i had a friend that lost 2 small clowns in one day because of this fish


Liked about it -color and shape
-attitude
-truly a show fish, completely visible through the day


Didn't like -eats like a pig
-aggressive towards everything smaller
-venomous


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4.5

By gabranth17
Jun 17, 2010
 
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BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Comments We housed a lionfish for a short time (for a friend), and my wife fell in love! This is a very beautiful fish and fun to watch. The one we had did not eat the small damsels we put in the tank with him; he only ate frozen shrimp. He was a very peaceful fish and just floated around most of the day. Although he was not very active, he did stay out where you could see him. We had him in a 75 gallon tank and knew he would have liked a larger tank, especially as it got bigger. We had him in a FOWLR tank, so I can't confirm or deny if it is reef safe. We were always EXTRA careful with transporting him, using a large net and a 5 gallon bucket as to not get stung!


Liked about it VERY BEAUTIFUL!! Peaceful to watch and always out to be seen. Exciting fish to have at home despite the danger of being venomous.


Didn't like Venomous, must take extra precaution when feeding or transporting. Very large fish and requires a large tank. May (or may not) eat smaller fish.


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3.0

By andbob25
Apr 06, 2010
 
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Can work wonderful in a Reef

Comments I have always been a fan of Lion's. Very much the center of attention and add a little extra character to any system.
No matter if you have a very full tank with much to view these will always grab your attention.


Liked about it Love all the fins and the always subtle strutting through the tank.
Very interesting to watch when they find a perch and sit motionless upside down.
Every Lion I have ever owned seemed to interact with you approaching the tank, but this species more in my opinion.


Didn't like Not much I don't like, but some of the cons may be the voracious appetite.
Obviously you do have to respect the fact that you have an animal that can hurt you.
They will eat what fits in there mouth, so in a Reef you do need to be cautious of what you get.


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4.3
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4.0

By Treasures of the
Jan 09, 2013
 
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