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Russell’s Lionfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Russell's Lionfish
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The Russell's Lionfish is also known as the Red Volitans, Spotless, or Soldier Lionfish; Largetail or Military Turkeyfish; and Plaintail Firefish. It is tan with light brown vertical stripes. The spines on the dorsal, anal, and pectoral fins are fleshy, and not banded like those of other lionfish.

The spines on the fins are poisonous, and if you are stung, the reaction will be similar to a bee sting only a little stronger.

The Russell's Lionfish requires a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places. It is a very hardy fish and generally peaceful, except towards other lionfish. It may eat tank mates including ornamental shrimp and small fish.

Feeding may be difficult until the fish is acclimated to the tank; feeding live shrimp or feeder fish may be helpful. Once acclimated, the Russell's Lionfish will eat meaty foods including the flesh of fish and crustaceans.

Fish Facts

Name: Russell's Lionfish (Pterois russelli)

Family: Scorpaenidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 12 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.022-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Venomous: Yes

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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