02-25-2008, 05:51 PM
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Lupin, not sure what lions you are referring to, but most lions are voracious when it comes to their predatory habits. When you work in the tank they will hunt you down, chase you around, which can make them very dangerous to keep.
Young lions are actually more toxic than an adult. They are in need of more protection from predators, so their bodies produce a stronger toxin until they mature.
Please be very careful not to come in contact with any spines or fins of lionfish at any size. I have seen the effects first hand. One of my coworkers got nailed by a 6 inch lion, and was in severe pain for about 3 wks. She got extremely sick, said it burned non stop, ached, and got very stiff. She also swelled up pretty bad.
All lions are dangerous if you come into contact, at any size.
Also, with lionfish and feeding them... you have to control their feeding schedule. Lions are one of a number of species of fish that will eat until they literally explode. They are never "full". Overfeeding them can kill them just as quickly as water quality issues or anything else that might go wrong. Watch the belly of the fish when it eats. When you see a noticable lump in the belly, stop feeding. Don't feed again until that lump in the belly begins to go down, which may take a day or 2.