Choosing a (dwarf) lionfish - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pretzelsz's Avatar
 
Choosing a (dwarf) lionfish

I know they are not recommended for beginners. But I have done alot of research of how to care for them and how to ween them onto frozen/prepared food. I know I have to be careful with the spines when putting my hands into the tank. But I know all of this and will build my tank so I can have places for it to hide and still have places for coral. The thing is what kind should I get. My choices are between The Fu Man Chu(I know is usually hard to get onto prepared food), The fuzzy, and the Antenna/Antennata dwarf lions(Maybe dwarf zebra but I like to have a less common kind to see...but Fuzzys are cool). It is a 55 gallon tank and will have a 20 gallon sump with refuge for chaeto algae.

~John

When life gives you lemons make some OJ
pretzelsz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 07:11 PM
love lionfish would die to own one!!! your so lucky!!

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
kitten_penang is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pretzelsz's Avatar
 
oops forgot to mention the question. Which species should I get if any? Fu Man Chu, Dwarf Fuzzy, or the antennata?

I know how and what to feed, how to feed, and all that stuff just which should I get?

~John

When life gives you lemons make some OJ
pretzelsz is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 10:16 PM
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
you are just setting up right??? i would get ideas and make lists but not move on them until everything is going and running the way you want it first .. just an opinion based on jumping a bit to fast myself the first time around and sinking $500 into a tank that crashed and had to start over.....

how ever not knowing much about lions i really like the look of Dwarf Fuzzy myself

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
bearwithfish is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pretzelsz's Avatar
 
I am just setting up but I like having a plan. Once I get Rock and sand with the sump set up I will wait for the diatom. After I am ready for a CUC I will get 10 Nassarius snails, 5-6 Nerites, also if I can join a reef club or if you have some since you live in MA as well and have some or if they are sold at a LFS Ceriths for they eat Detritus. Then get some simple corals such as button zoas. Then when ready get the lion then more but progressively better more expensive corals I can frag and sell for either cash or store credit. If that sounds good

~John

When life gives you lemons make some OJ
pretzelsz is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 10:53 PM
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
actually that sound like a very solid plan!!!!!!!!! as for the ceriths i dont have any (i have big turbos) but one of the better stores here can get them in ......

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
bearwithfish is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pretzelsz's Avatar
 
I was reading LionfishLair.com - Library and that is where I got my CUC idea from and Turbos although supported here are 1 Big and 2 meant for specific problems. So I did not include them

~John

When life gives you lemons make some OJ
pretzelsz is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 08-28-2010, 08:11 AM
Member
 
Pasfur's Avatar
 
I have to offer words of experience. The thing about experience is that you can't gain it from reading. No amount of research or book knowledge can replace the hands on experience of caring for marine tank. Its just one of those things you can't understand until you understand. (Kind of like having kids)

That being said, you've done a lot of planning and I commend you for that. Of the list given, I would recommend the Antennata. You will find more selection of healthy specimens to choose from, which is half the battle.
Pasfur is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 08-28-2010, 09:54 AM
how big a tank do we need for a lion fish. as i'm gonna 2 empty tanks lying around and pretzlesz gave the lion fish idea. my hands are itchy to start a sw again

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
kitten_penang is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 08-28-2010, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pretzelsz's Avatar
 
So Pasfur I like how you said Antennata and I like them but I asked a person (seahorsedreams on another forum) who has expierience with all sorts ove lionfish and scorpionfish and has had expierience with all 3 types I have in mind and got this message back

"I would go with the fuzzy. They are sexable (so you can get more than one), hardy and one of the easier ones to convert to frozen. It's hard to find antennatas and they are touchy. Zebras are not sexable and tend to be unhealthy at the LFS. The Fu's are very hard to convert and are more of a bottom crawler. I think you'd be very pleased with the overall positives of the fuzzy." seahorsedreams

She is not on much at the moment but she has a website for the fish(I had a link in a previous post)

One question though about the sexing of the fish. If I can find a male and a female is that the pair I could keep in the tank or do you know anything?

I love this forum you are helpful and nice for every question I make

~John

When life gives you lemons make some OJ
pretzelsz is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish Compatability fishfreak2009 Saltwater Fish 3 10-30-2009 09:35 PM
lionfish saint Saltwater Fish 2 08-28-2008 09:49 PM
lionfish bobo Saltwater Fish 15 02-28-2008 04:17 PM
lionfish please please help me!!! lexxxpensive Saltwater Fish Diseases 2 10-08-2007 03:53 PM
Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish jeffwee559 Saltwater Fish 11 04-18-2007 08:38 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome