Putting a lion fish in my tank

Discussion in 'Predatory Fish Discussion' started by Seahorse man, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. Seahorse man

    Seahorse man Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    39
    I have a 55 gal long with 2 ocellaris clowns ( one is about 3 inches and the other is about two) and a firefish (4 inches). I'm really looking to add another fish to the tank and I was considering a dwarf fuzzy lion fish. Does anyone have any ideas? Do you think I could make it work? Thanks everyone!
     
    Lovemyreef2015 and EmdeReef like this.
    Tags:

  2. EmdeReef

    EmdeReef Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2017
    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    866
    Location:
    New York, NY
    A lionfish will eat anything that can fit in its mouth. You may have to get rid of the clowns.
     
  3. Seahorse man

    Seahorse man Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    39
    That's what I was afraid of, sigh.
     
    EmdeReef likes this.
  4. EmdeReef

    EmdeReef Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2017
    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    866
    Location:
    New York, NY
    Sorry don’t have better news but with those guys you need a predator tank.
     
    Lovemyreef2015 and DSC reef like this.
  5. Seahorse man

    Seahorse man Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    39
    Thanks, any other cool fish you could recomend?
     
  6. EmdeReef

    EmdeReef Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2017
    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    866
    Location:
    New York, NY
    I’ve kept all sorts of fish and over time came to the conclusion that I like smaller fish. Dwarf angels are my favorite. I also like butterflies and rabbit fishes.
    However, you should get to that or another conclusion on your own.

    What kind of fish would you like to keep? Large, small, emphasis on colors, character, size, special feeding habit? In many ways, sky’s the limit!
     
    Lovemyreef2015 and DSC reef like this.
  7. Seahorse man

    Seahorse man Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    39
    I'm mostly just looking for a bigger fish that can be a showpiece of sorts, its for my office tank. How about a snowflake eel with my above stocking?
     
    Lovemyreef2015, DSC reef and GoVols like this.
  8. EmdeReef

    EmdeReef Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2017
    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    866
    Location:
    New York, NY
    may be tricky with the clowns. Firefish may have an easier time escaping, although most eels are nocturnal.

    Intuitively I wouldn’t do it but let’s see if anyone succeeded keeping a well fed eel with clowns #reefsquad?
     
  9. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader MTRCMember R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Partner Member 2018 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2016
    Messages:
    7,571
    Likes Received:
    16,337
    Location:
    In-The-Boro, TN
    I tried a Golden Banana eel one time, but the bio-load was too big for my reef.

    Kept a tiny baby green moray and it was really cool, but when he got bigger, he went back to the local reef shop.

    Over time the Banana or the Green would have gone after my clown fish.

    A dwarf moray eel might make a good fit.

    (lol)
    All eels are escape artist :eek:
     
  10. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader MTRCMember R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Partner Member 2018 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2016
    Messages:
    7,571
    Likes Received:
    16,337
    Location:
    In-The-Boro, TN
    Have you looked into golden dwarf eels?
     
  11. Lovemyreef2015

    Lovemyreef2015 Awesome Mom! R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365

    Joined:
    May 21, 2017
    Messages:
    2,745
    Likes Received:
    12,678
    Have you considered trying a engineering goby. They look like eels as they get older. We had one in our 125 and I loved the pattern he developed. The peaceful as well.
     
  12. lion king

    lion king Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2016
    Messages:
    1,763
    Likes Received:
    1,423
    If you are looking for a show fish, I wouldn't consider an eel a show fish. They are generally tucked away in the rocks, in your office you may have visitors that may never even see them. Although a dwarf golden eel could work, they are even more cryptic than most other eels. I wouldnt recommend any other eels for a 55. I wouldn't think the fuzzy is a good idea either.

    I would look at one of the smaller dwarf angels, like a flame back or cherub; fun, beautiful, active fishes. Downside is dwarf angels can get aggressive, although I never had an issue with my cherub. I would be careful of the larger dwarf angels, aggression in a 55 would likely be inevitable.
     
  13. FartyParty

    FartyParty Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2017
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    76
    Location:
    SoCal
    I also recommend a bottom dweller to help fill out the tank and add interest. i had a snowflake eel for many years that did well on frozen foods. He left my other fish and corals alone and would eat shrimp right from the chopsticks. I also had a dwarf lion on that tank, and the large tomato clown i had was huge and not afraid to chase others away.
     
  14. andrewkw

    andrewkw Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2014
    Messages:
    749
    Likes Received:
    1,351
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    I would say it's not a sure thing the dwarf lion will eat the fish, however it may be too big of a risk for you. I kept a dwarf fuzzy for many years in my reef and the only fish he ever ate was a small wrasse who was a little stunned when I put him in. The trick was to get a really small one, and have all established fish prior to adding him.

    This video is 9 years old and I didn't watch the whole thing - sad seeing all the corals I've lost over the years but here you will see a dwarf lion eating with clownfish smaller than him. I am 90% sure I had a small mandarin in the tank at the same time as well.


    start the video at 3:15

    The lion lived about 4 or 5 years before developing some kind of infection and ate the one fish in that time.
     
  15. Buckwilds

    Buckwilds Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2016
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    50
    I'd trust 100 dwarf fuzzy lions before an eel with fish. My dwarf is afraid of his own shadow and has never touched anything but shrimp. He is housed with bangais, clowns, chromis, and a dottyback.
     
  16. Dan Hughes

    Dan Hughes Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2017
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    6
    I too have a dwarf zebra lionfish in the tank with a ~2.5 inch maroon clown and a sand sifting gobie for a little over a year now. They were all added at approximately the same time and get along fine.
     
  17. ArowanaLover1902

    ArowanaLover1902 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2016
    Messages:
    970
    Likes Received:
    564
    How about a mandarin dragonet (or two?) they have loads of personality, are always jumping around, and are some of the prettiest fish in the hobby
     
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
Loading...