Pterois is actually a genus of venomous marine fish, also known as lionfish, is known as noticeable warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins, and venomous spiky fin rays. If attacked, a lionfish delivers a potent venom via its needle-like dorsal fins. Its sting is very painful to humans and may cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but isn’t deadly. Lionfish, also called as turkey fish, dragon fish and scorpion fish, are native to the reefs and rocky crevices of the Indo-Pacific, although they’ve found their way to warm ocean habitats worldwide. The largest of lionfish can grow about 15 ” (0.4 meters) in length, but the average is closer to 1 foot (0.3 meters).
Lionfish in Aquarium
Scientific Name: Pterois
Minimum Tank Size: 70-120 Gallon
Care Level: Mostly Easy
Temperature: 72-78° F
Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 12 – 15 inches
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Saltwater aquariums pose many possible dangers to saltwater tropical fish but, if provided with adequate space, places to hide, and a varied diet lionfish can thrive in saltwater aquariums. LionFish makes a great addition to a medium to large fish-only or reef display but avoid small fish than its month because Lionfish will eat it. The lionfish can be kept with fish of equal or larger size than themselves but it is generally not recommended to keep lionfish in the same tank as smaller fish and ornamental crabs or shrimp unless these creatures are intended to be food for the lionfish.
When first introduced in the fish tank, Lion Fish diet will include meat foods like live shrimp, live fish. The Lion Fish can be trained to eat frozen shrimp and krill in addition to live fish. Once fully settled into the aquarium, with some attention as well as patience, Lionfish can convert over to consuming a prepared diet made up of portions of fresh, uncooked table shrimp, frozen silversides, and pieces of frozen squid.
Great information about Type of Lionfish
Radiata Lionfish (Pterois radiata)