Lionfish lovers thread

Discussion in 'Predatory Fish Discussion' started by Redneckreef90, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. najer

    najer Valuable Member

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    I've never thought about it, I just make sure it is not in the area I want to do things, I have a black long spine urchin that worries me more. ;)
     
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    lion king Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award

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    Look at this itty bitty; I'm starting another lionfish tank.

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    Beautiful radiata. How big is s/he?
     
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    andrewkw Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    My volitan is starting to get big. I've had him since April. I had a red fuzzy dwarf a long time ago.

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    He was about 1.5" is that pic, I was scared to take him because he was so small. He's about 2" now. Still too small for the dt although he'll be the first in, it's a 90g.
     
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    Very nice. I can definitely see how he's a little too small at this point. What do you have him eating?
     
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    I joined the club. Here's my fuzzy dwarf during acclimation before going into QT:
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    He eats frozen mysis currently. I've tried a few other items for variety but he hasn't seemed interested in those yet. Hoping next week I can try some ghost shrimp. My LFS gets their live freshwater items out of Florida and their supplier hasn't been shipping since the storms so they're currently out.

    How much mysis is "enough" in one feeding?
     
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    He's eating live ghosties, I feed all my lions and angler live foods. Its getting a little easier to find them small enough. They are so fun at this size, but tricky.
     
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    Used to owned a Fu ManChu several years back and at early stage it took a few weeks to train it to consume live ghost shrimps (freshwater) and thereafter wean it off ghost shrimps & it just consume just about any meaty food! Mostly hand fed & most pleasant thing is Mr. Fu readily greets me every time I'm in front of the tank.
    I've never been stung nor does Mr. Fu sees me as an aggressor whenever my hands in the tank! Missed my Mr. Fu ... RIP
     
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    lion king Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award

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    How long did you have your Fu
     
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    Oh man ... this must've been almost 4 - 5 years ago before the major ice storm hit Toronto. If I can locate pictures of Mr. Fu ... I'll try to post it here.
     
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    lion king Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award

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    I ask how long you had him because every one around here can't keep them alive. I've had mine for over 5 years and he's well over 4" if not 5", so I would say pretty much full grown since most people list them at 4" max. The lfs' around here seem impressed that I've had him that long.

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    Good looking lions!
     
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    Me getting a telling off for feeding algae flake because I fed the last of the mysis flake this morning, picking up more tomorrow, lfs has been out of stock! ;)

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    Antennata

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    A couple more...my favorite angle of the zebra, I love the markings behind his wings.

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    Does anyone have a yellow fuzzy dwarf lion or one of the other odd color variants, that's knows where I can get one. I live in Florida so I can only get the dwarf spices and want to add one that a little different. Thanks in advance
     
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    I've only seen a yellow for sale online once in the last few years, that was at Blue Zoo. If you were to go for a yellow, I'd only buy a wysiwyg offering. Places i'd look would be Blue Zoo, Divers Den, and a few other boutique type retailers that you may consider credible. Sign up for the Divers Den sneak peak and if you see one listed, be online at Divers Den as soon as the listing goes live(around 3pm pst, even before you get the email). Send inquiries to all the other retailers and check often. It will probably just be luck if you find one.

    Don't ignore the ones you see at the lfs that just look brown, pale, or plain. They are usually stressed, starving, and probably not in good shape. My yellow came in as a regular fuzzy; he barely had a sprinkling of yellow at the base of his spikes, no yellow in his wings at all and more brown than red. he had cloudy eyes and a sore on his lip; I brought him home because I knew he was going to die if I left him. I was very pleasantly surprised when his color popped. The fuzzy below was brown, pale, starving, and on death's door when i got him. Once he was in a healthy tank and became fat and happy, that's what he turned into. The ones from Africa seem to red up more than the ones from Indonesia. Look closely to see undertones of red and oranges.

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    Ok thanks I'll out out feelers to all of them.
     
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    If you dont mind me asking what did you pay for these guys? Also what size were they
     
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