Lionfish: Why Beauty Can Be Dangerous
If you have seen a lionfish, you will perhaps be enchanted by its very interesting features. It has spines and wonderful colors that make them really attractive. However, only a few people know that these spines are very dangerous. They carry poison in them that could definitely harm you as it harms other fishes.
The lionfish is native the tropical waters in the Indo-Pacific region. It grows up to about 14 inches long depending on the specie of this fish. Their spines grow up to 4 inches. They are also striped with a combination of white, maroon, black, orange, brown, yellow and red. Most of the time, there would be a mixture of light and dark colors.
Lionfish are normally reserved and shy. This is a great contrast to their fierce appearance and predatory nature. It is best to keep them in small groups with one male and several females (Eppley). It is not advisable to keep them in community tanks since they are predators. You can feed them small fish.
Lionfish will be best but in a 75-gallon tank or anything bigger. You have to make sure that the water is anywhere in between 75 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Also the salinity level should at least be 1.027. It is also best to have some structures that will allow the fish to swim through them and hide.
The best thing about this specie is they can resist most fish diseases. So you don’t have much to worry about when it comes to their health. They can also easily resist parasites and bacterial or fungal infections.
For an introduction to Lionfish visit Perry’s Aquatic Centre. We keep Lionfish and many other species of marine fish for your aquarium.