Best lionfish for a 130?

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Hello! I am interested in eventually getting a lionfish in the future but not sure which one would be the best. 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 130g and I was wondering what other people's idea is on this. So far my favorite is the volitan lionfish but I am a bit worried about lack of space. For tankmates I would want some kind of eel is possible. Some ideas I had were snowflake, zebra moray, or jeweled moray. Is there another kind of tankmate, eel or not, that you'd recommend? Without tankmates in mind, which kind of lionfish would be the best for that size tank? Thanks!
 
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I think you would be fine with a volitan lionfish in that size tank. They grow to be a relatively large fish, but are also very inactive so the size tank needed for their size is fairly small. As for tank mates, many years ago I kept one with a snowflake eel and it was never an issue. As for keeping any other tankmates I can not help, since I only had the two, but remember the lionfish will see any fish that it can eat as a possible meal.
 

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I have a zebra, dwarf fuzzy and antenatta in with 2 snowflake eels and 2 butterflies.
In a 75
Any fish that is wide and flat will do fine like a tomini tang.
I would not get a Volitan. They have a very large mouth.
It is very likely you will have to keep live food for them at least for a while like ghost shrimp and guppies.
 
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I have a zebra, dwarf fuzzy and antenatta in with 2 snowflake eels and 2 butterflies.
In a 75
Any fish that is wide and flat will do fine like a tomini tang.
I would not get a Volitan. They have a very large mouth.
It is very likely you will have to keep live food for them at least for a while like ghost shrimp and guppies.
For as far as feeding live, is this exclusively for the volitan or for most lionfish?
 
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For as far as feeding live, is this exclusively for the volitan or for most lionfish?
It's all mine will eat.
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My volitan eats everything, thing eats chunks of nori now, anything that floats by, but leaves live fish alone, thing is roughly 13"... odd case. 2" anthias in the tank... 1"
damsels.

My previous ones ate every small fish that came by, one met its demise eating a odd small venomous fish. It was years ago, and I can not remember what fish it was.
 
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Hello! I am interested in eventually getting a lionfish in the future but not sure which one would be the best. 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 130g and I was wondering what other people's idea is on this. So far my favorite is the volitan lionfish but I am a bit worried about lack of space. For tankmates I would want some kind of eel is possible. Some ideas I had were snowflake, zebra moray, or jeweled moray. Is there another kind of tankmate, eel or not, that you'd recommend? Without tankmates in mind, which kind of lionfish would be the best for that size tank? Thanks!
Dwarf or zebra
 
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