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Antenna Lionfish

Scientific Name: Pterois antennata
Family: Scorpaenidae

About the Antenna Lionfish

Species Type: Saltwater Fish
Category: Anglerfish, Frogfish, & Toadfish

Care Level: Moderate. Healthy specimens are frequently available for purchase, but stress in shipping does sometimes occur. Will accept dried foods after settling in, but frozen foods or algae grazing sheets may be required initially. After proper quarantine and acclimation to the display, this fish is generally resistant to disease. An overall good choice for the new saltwater hobbyist.
Origin: Indo-West Pacific
Compatibility/Temperament: Will eat anything that fits into its mouth, otherwise gets along well in most community settings.


This is one of the most adorned fish in the hobby. Its white body is imprinted with red stripes. Its long, flowing fins give this a fish its regal appearance. Must be housed in a tank of at least 75 gallons, and is reef compatible with the exception of smaller fish and shrimp. Can be housed with members of the same species in a large tank, but rarely becomes aggressive in the presence of other lionfish. This is one of the only fish bold enough to live in both shallow and deep water aquariums.Once settled in it will present itself most of the time in full view. Like all other fish in the Lionfish genis, the Antenna Lionfish wields poisonous spines on the edge of its fins. Take great care when handling aquarium decor/cleaning.

Antenna Lionfish Diet

Carnivorous diet including marine fish, crustacean flesh, Live foods such as live grass shrimp and feeder fish may be needed when first introduced to induce feeding.


Minimum Tank Suggestion

75 gallons
Ideal water parameters for Antenna Lionfish

Marine fish are highly sensitive animals with very specific care requirements. Most all saltwater species will require similar water conditions, designed to replicate that of natural seawater. Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero, temperature at 76F to 80F, and salinity at 1.024 to 1.026. Although some fish are tolerant of lower levels of Nitrate, the goal in every aquariums should be to keep Nitrate as close to zero as possible, and certainly under 20ppm. Finally, maintaining a stable pH of 8.0 to 8.4 is desired. Achieving this is made easier by monitoring alkalinity, which should be kept at 8-12 DKH, and calcium, which is targeted at 400 to 460ppm.

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