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Old 07-04-2001, 06:09 PM   #1
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Twinspot Lionfish


Has anyone ever tried to keep a Twinspot Lionfish? I am looking in to it, they only get 4inch. I know that they can eat fish almost their size, would a false percula clownfish be a meal or a tank mate.
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Old 07-04-2001, 09:05 PM   #2
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Welll...let's put it this way, they will eat anything that will fit in their mouths. Even if it means that part of the meal is sticking out! I put a small lion fish in a tank with fish I was sure were too big for it to eat. It spent the day with an inch of wrasse tail sticking out of it's mouth!

If it's trained to accept "dead" food like shrimp etc. your clown might have a chance, if it's been eating feeders, forgeddaboudit, the perc would be lion food.

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Old 07-04-2001, 11:13 PM   #3
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OK which is the twinspot, I m assuming is a Denerochyrus species based on size.
Who was it that was harping on the scientific names??????????
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Old 07-04-2001, 11:24 PM   #4
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The twinspot lionfish or Fu Manchu or Ocellated Lionfish are common names the scientific name is Dendrochirus biocellatus according to Marine Fishes by Scott Michael.
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Old 07-04-2001, 11:36 PM   #5
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Ok now we are talking about the same thing, anyone with a fish background should recognize the D biacellatus no matter where they are
BTW they are not the easiest of the lions to train to eat dead food or keep long term
Please dont get complacent around Dwarf Lions I can assure you they can be as deadly as bigger cousins, esp if allergic to bees and such
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Old 07-04-2001, 11:46 PM   #6
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I understand they can be deadly but I was choose it for the colors and wanted to know more on them, I have no fish yet, and am looking and doing reading on all of the fish I like.
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Old 07-05-2001, 12:16 AM   #7
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forgeddaboudit!! Good one Alice!! LOL Johnny whadyasay! I didnit get it!


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Crickit;

They are plenty of suitable tankmates for a dwarf lion, just not small ones Bear in mind that dwarf lions don't swim around the tank a lot. They tend to hang around in one spot until it's feeding time, then they'll come out to hunt and hang head down waitng for something tasty to swim by.
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Just a little story here.. since were talking about Lion Fish. My LFS has a pretty large one, he is about 10 inches long and was a refugee someone left on their doorstep one morning. He is kind of the mascot now that their 26 year old puffer died a few months back. Anyway.. one of the employees was cleaning the tank the other day and the magnet dropped off in the middle of the tank. She reached in with a net and the fish kinda freaked out. It stung her in 5 different spots. It was pretty bad, she ended up in the emergency room overnight and her hand swelled up to 3 times the size. She is fine now, saw her this morning when I picked up my new mini system. She said that the pain was the worst she has every experienced, including child birth!!! She had several shots of morphine and demerol and it did nothing to settle the pain down. Sooooo... my suggestion would be to get something else. There are plenty of fish with coloration that you can find.
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I understand they are very dangerous and only two people are going to be around it. Does anyone know of a tank mate that it will get along with?
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perhaps one of the smaller triggerfish species
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Old 07-05-2001, 08:02 PM   #12
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Thank for all of the help and advice and this, I think I'll start looking of a better beginner fish, lionfish seem out of my league for now.
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Old 07-05-2001, 08:57 PM   #13
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Triggers are cool fish. If I didn't have inverts, I would have got one. Smart too from all accounts. If you want something colorful, try a purple tang or powderblue tang. They are very pretty and don't eat your other fish, though the purple may beat em up. I saw a dragon wrasee that was quiet unique. It looks a little like a possum with scales to me.
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A powder blue tang I thought it was kind of rare fish to find, well at least in my part. Where would you find one.
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Old 07-08-2001, 09:19 PM   #15
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I have a lion fish I dont know what type but it is in my tank with 2 small false percs and a cleaner shrimp and it has never tried to eat any of them.FWIW
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