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Volitan’s Lionfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Volitan's Lionfish
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The Volitan's Lionfish is also known as the Common Lionfish, Red Firefish, Turkeyfish, and Butterfly Cod. It has red to burgundy, white, and black vertical stripes along the body. It also has large, fan-like pectoral fins, and tall, banded spines on the dorsal fin.

The spines on the dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins are venomous. If you are stung, the reaction will be similar to a bee sting only a little stronger.

The Volitan's Lionfish should be housed in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places. It will hide while acclimating to its new home, but then is generally found out in the open. It may eat smaller fish, shrimp, and other crustaceans in the tank.

Its diet should include meaty foods such as live shrimp, live fish, and occasionally crustacean flesh.

Fish Facts

Name: Volitan's Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Family: Scorpaenidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 15 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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