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Lion fish

  • Scientific name: Pterois antennata
  • Common name: Lion fish
  • Size of the aquarium: 400 liters
  • Temperament: Quiet, although it is a predator
  • Temperature: 23ºC a 26ºC
  • pH: eight.10 a 8.40
  • Diet: Carnivorous
  • Length: 40 centimeters


Lionfish, Pterois antennata It is one of the most spectacular and dangerous fish of the sea bed. Sometimes they tend to confuse lionfish, with the Scorpion fish. It is true that both are part of the family escorpénidosâ € |y although similar, It is not the same fish. Their presence imposes much, but that's the beauty in the aquarium. They seem very aggressive, but not really dream it quite gregarious fish € |son, with its clear species, because we are talking about predators.


In the aquarium not usually exceed the 20 centimeters, although freedom can measure up 40 centimeters in length, which together with its fantastic pectoral fins and antennas huge black and white color protruding from his body, make a spectacular presence. The shade of the lionfish is white, although there are specimens of yellow, furrowed with alternating lines in red and coffee. The flippers are large, crossed with bands covered with red spots and brown, what They give the appearance of eyes (ocelos). They are partially bonded to roughly half. On his head and on top of the eyes are antennas, they are also covered with dark bands, that give the feeling of being horns. At the base of each radio, lionfish venom gland has a very powerful and their sting is quite painful, so it is necessary to handle it with caution

sexual dimorphism

Although it is not exactly clear, males have a larger head than females, caudal peduncle and is shorter in females than in males. Another obvious difference is that, the male has between 6 Y 10 bands in the pectoral fins, while females are between four and 6.

How to challenge a lionfish sting

If you itch lionfish, we notice a very intense pain that persists between 15 O 20 minutes, but increases over the next 30 minutes. The party affected by the bite swells, and still it hurts for other 24 hours. Should be chopped the best option is to stay at rest, adopting a horizontal position. The affected area should be rinsed with clean water and remove any remaining bones, plugging the wound if necessary. Then immerse the affected area in hot water, and vendaremos. Obviously, you have to go to the emergency if necessary apply a specific treatment.

Distribution and habitat

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They are fish originating in the oceans and Pacific ndico ??, with different locations between which include Japan, Australia or East Africa. Live near reefs, in the shallow waters near the coast. It is easy to find them swimming slowly near the bottom.

Aquarium conditions

The aquarium You must have a size between 200 y four hundred litros, and should play a coastal biotope, with caches formed by rocks where lionfish can find shelter during the day, as by nature they are quite shy and have nocturnal habits. They can be also add sea ​​anemones or corals, with a background of coral area. As for the quality of the water, it is ideally suited to keep these parameters:

  • Temperature: 23ºC a 26ºC
  • pH: eight.10 a 8.40
  • Gh: between 8º and 12º
  • Density: between 1.022 Y 1.025

It is advisable add a filter for aquarium having high filtering capacity, as are fish that generate a lot of waste.


During the day you may remain hidden and only feed at night, even if in the aquarium ideally need to feed at least three times a day. Your diet may be composed of live or dead fish, as well as small crustaceans and shrimp. He willingly accept Mysis and fresh tuna meat.

Behavior and compatibility

They are peaceful fish, You can have multiple copies within the aquarium and there will be clashes between them, They are rather shy and sedentary. If we get into a community tank, fish to share space must have good size, because they are able to eat the smaller no problem. Within the aquarium like to swim near the bottom or intermediate levels.


The male lionfish It is very territorial at the time of courtship. Usually a generally male control group females, which can reach up 8. For fertilization, the male initiates a procession around the female, spreading its wings until the female gets her face change shade. to spawn female rises to the surface to dusk, where she placed between 2.000 Y 15.000 eggs, which they are fertilized by the male. These eggs are washed away to sea, where hatch past 36 hours. Young fish swimming near the surface until they reach a 12 mm, then go down to the bottom, where they share space with the rest of the population of lionfish.

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