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Radiata Lionfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Radiata Lionfish
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The Radiata Lionfish, also known as the Clearfin Lionfish, or Tailbar Lionfish, has red, white, and black vertical stripes along the body; large, fan-like pectoral fins; and tall, quill-like dorsal fins.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places is suitable. It will hide while acclimating to its new environment. The top spines are venomous, causing reactions similar to a bee sting. To treat the sting, soak the affected area in hot water (100-114°F).

The Radiata Lionfish diet consists of meaty foods such as live shrimp (including ornamental shrimp), live fish, and sometimes, crustacean flesh.

Like other lionfish and scorpionfish, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Boxfish, Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Puffers and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Radiata Lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Family: Scorpaenidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 10 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Venomous: Yes

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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