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    Senior Member Blakes's Avatar
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    Lion Fish info

    Recently moved my main display tank from main floor to basement. During this process my spare heater failed allowing the water temperature to dive. As a result all of my fish died (Powder Brown Tang, Coral Beauty, Green Chromis, Standard Clown Fish, Goby, Yellow Wrasse & my Cleaner Shrimp). The few corals that I had where in a separate bin and are okay. So I now have a six foot, 140 gallon tank with 40 gallon sump basically empty with only liverock and a few corals.

    I have always liked the Lion Fish family but have no experience with them. I know that they will eat almost anything that will fit into their mouths. So I have a few questions and hopefully I can get some good feed back.

    I would like to have the following fish:

    1 Volitan Lionfish, Pterois volitansor or 2 Dwarf Lionfish, Dendrochirus zebra?
    2 Maroon Clown, Premnas biaculeatus
    1 Yellow Tang, Zebrasoma flavescens

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    I never had these fish.. so my thinking is only from logic:

    like you mentionned.. if it can fit in its mouth.. its food.
    so those maroons and even that yellow tang ( if small enough ) are valid food sources or will be in time as the lionfish grows

    my 2 cents..

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I kept a lion a while back and it is exact if it can fit in its mouth its food. A yellow should be ok depending on size. Id try for a small lion and a lg YT. I did have a marron in as well but it was quite big, and way more aggresive then the lion as well as the cat shark i had . Id put my hand in and evryone hid except the clown lol
    I'd def go with the volitan not the dwarfs( my preference only) Volitans are a very awesome fish.

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    i too have never kept them, so i'll be of very little help but i would love to see some pics when you get them. love the fish, they're gorgeous but very messy eaters and as you already know, not all that picky about who... er i mean what they eat :b2:

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    I've never had lion fish. Did you get them yet? can you post some pics?

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    Senior Member Blakes's Avatar
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    Sorry, I chickened-out. Decided to set-up a mix again, presently have:
    1-Tomato Clown
    1-Blue Damsel
    1-Hippo Tang
    1-Yellow Tank
    3-Banggai Cardinalfish
    Snails & mixed corals

    Presently trying to decide on a fish as my show piece -->thinking Purple Tang or Butterfly fish of some sort.

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