Juv Lionfish in False Bay

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  1. SteveZi

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    I hear someone spotted a juvenile Lionfish in False Bay last month.
    Pretty unusual for this area, but good news for those who like to collect stuff for their tanks…
     
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    yup some pretty big great whites in false bay. i think the livestock is too expensive;costs an arm and a leg unfortunately
     
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    Sounds like a rumor to me, though I can confirm a "south to Mossel Bay" distribution. If so, also about 1,5 months too early. The first batch of this season's juvies should still be in their eggs......
     
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    Wow.... that would be great for you. Do you guys ever see anything that can be kept in our tropical tanks? Other than cheatodon marlyi? And even those won't survive very long will they?
     
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    It varies from season to season and late summer is usually the time to find the good stuff. I guess anything with free floating eggs/larvae is possible. I've seen a few tropical species, like moorish idols, raccoon bflies and others. marleyi is debatable for tropical tank - but they will nip at stuff you don't want them to nip... i don't think they have such a long life span - 4years i think. richard can confirm. i've kept them in a cooler (22dgrees max) tank, but never longer than a year. Do you have any problems with your auriga nipping at corals?

    yes, i was also sceptical, based on the fact that it's so early in the season, but the source is pretty reliable.
     
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    I've heard of idols at Arniston before, but never False Bay.
     
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    I've kept them to about 8 or 9 years old. Like all butterflies, they love any Anthozoan's (corals, anemones...) and are not reef safe. Being colder-water butterflies, they prefer the 18 - 20 deg C temp range.
     
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    Nope.... it doesn't nip at them. It devours them:p. Actually the auriga prefers LPS, it's the vagabundous that chows down big time.
     
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    wow, that is much older than I expected - they must have been huge.
    all the ones I've kept absolutely destroyed anemones.

    ...and don't have any dreams of keeping a variety of tubeworms with them either:)
     
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