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Choosing a (dwarf) lionfish

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Choosing a (dwarf) lionfish
Old 08-28-2010, 09:17 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Pasfur View Post
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)
sir i can not agree with you more!!!!!!!!!!!!! here and everywhere out paths cross.....

now as a learner myself can you (if you would) go into the variances in care for these fish? i am not planing on getting one but i am curious
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:34 PM   #12
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Well if your asking me about it then there are 2 sites that helped me alot in learning how and I can't wait to raise one(well I can wait but it's exiting hahaha. - Library
The Lionfish Info Sheet: Captive Care and Home Husbandry by Frank Marini, Ph.D. -
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:34 AM   #13
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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

I actually agree with post. I only based my answer on my experience in finding healthy specimens. If in fact you find that healthy Fuzzy's are readily available in your area, then they are also more suited for the tank size. Personally, I've never seen a Fuzzy or Fu that I would be willing to purchase show up at the local LFS. On the other hand, I have seen many a hand feeding Antennata.

At the end of the day, it is entirely dependent upon finding a good quality specimen.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:05 AM   #14
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When I get to it I will look for a healthy Fuzzy or antennata(probably fuzzy) and I will look for a female(with the help of seahorsedreams). I will also make a thread for my tank and post pics there too when I get to it.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:51 PM   #15
Hey pretzles. I have a fuzy in my 29 aga reef with a clown, black and whire chromis, blue devil damsel, and a royal gramma. They all get along fine. I would reccomend the the fuzzys. They are very personable and after about a month of being in your tank they start to come out a lot more and act like a dog when you enter the room.

I have had no agression problems with her whatsoever. she swims righ past my hand when I put it in the tank and doesn't give it a second thought. It is smart to be have someone watch the fish while you hand id in the tank though.

I got my fuzzy for $17.50. Sweet deal. The store was having a new years fire sale.

MINE ATE MYSIS RIGHT OFF THE BAT. No wheening requried. Definatle get one. He probably won't get bigger than 4 inches. You could keep any fish in the tank with him that won't fit in his mouth just fine.
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