Red Lionfish

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Red Lionfish

This marine aquarium fish is known as Red Lionfish and the correct latin name is Pterois volitans. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Scorpion family. (e) It's origin is Pacific Ocean. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

Aggressive and venemous fish. It’s fins may cause allergic reactions.

Red Lionfish can grow up to 38 cm what is approximately 14 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 4560cm2 of water surface which is approximately 706 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums have at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is easy to keep the Red Lionfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

This fish should be kept alone in a tank. Otherwise it may use it’s spines with venom against other fish because they are territorial and will protect their territory. Especially the males are aggressive during the mating season. In the aquarium, there should be caves and hiding places.

A carnivore. Eats smaller fishes, shrimp and crabs. But do not feed them with freshwater feeder fish.

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Thanks to Tamri Shavi for the picture.

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

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