Anyone with Lionfish experience?

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Hello! I am interested in eventually getting a lionfish in the future, specifically the mombasa, radiata, or antennata lionfish. This would be my first saltwater aquarium but I do have freshwater experience. I don't plan on getting a lionfish as my first saltwater fish but I always like to plan out and learn what I can for when the day comes. The fish would be in a 80g and I was wondering what other people's experiences are with lionfish in general. Have you had good luck with them in a reef tank? If so, what, if any small fish would you rule out as tank mates? Thanks for the info!
 
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Click my name and "find all threads", after doing some of your own research if you have specific questions, I would be happy to answer them. 1st thing to know, all of the dwarf and medium body lions have feeding challenges, an observation tank to establish health and a feeding schedule is highly recommended.
 
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I have 2 in a 75 gallon. Mine only eat live food. Ghost shrimp and guppies.
Until recently I had a fuzzy and an antennata. The fuzzy got pinned under a rock by my urchin and died.
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I got a zebra to replace him.
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Their tank mates are 2 snowflake eels
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a CBB and a tang
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I love my volitan. initially he would eat only live food but I was able to get him to eat frozen by feeding him at night with long tongs. After a while he would eat with the rest of the fish. Stings hurt a lot so be careful when you put your hands in the tank.
 
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