Lionfish

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  1. stevengrant

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    My son brought back a small lionfish today from the Nahoon river. Do I keep him or will he slowly eat all the smaller fish than him?
     
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  3. Nsteyn

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    Steven, they are highly efficient predators, and I am sure he will eat anything that fits in its mouth. I would recommend housing him in a separate tank, or return/find another home for him.

    Good Luck.
     
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    +1
     
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    Agree with Nsteyn, lionfish have huge appetites and even bigger mouths, you will be surprised how they can quite literally gorge themselves to the extent that their stomachs protrude quite significantly, almost like they are 9 months pregnant. I wouldn't take the chance.
     
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  6. KeeganP

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    But I must say, It does look cool watching a Lionfish eat another fish whole... :whistling:
     
  7. Nsteyn

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    Lol! Not if it is your prized anthea!
     
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    +1 :tt2:
     
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    There's no such thing as a small lionfish (well, not for more than a day anyway), I've just released some of mine back into the sea and they've grown from this - [​IMG]

    to 25cm long monsters in 1 year and 4 days. I've always had at least one lionfish in my tanks for the last 20 or so years and cycle them out every summer.
     
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    Out of interest why do you choose to capture then release them once they have grown?

    Im not asking to get into a debate, just curious?
     
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    stevengrant Thread Starter

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    Thanks for all the advice

    I shall probably return him to the sea Nahoon tomorrow
     
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    Like I said, they are awesome fish to keep. Watching them hunt is soooo cool. I release them when they get to that size as they are often nearing a size when they can eat their tankmates. Also a 500g predatory fish puts a HUGE strain on my filtration.
     
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    Not to create a storm in a tea cup, but by returning them to the sea, we risk spreading parasites from our tanks that may come from outside of our waters to our waters. These may not have natural predators and may become pests in the long term.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    For the rest of you - possibly, not for me.

    I have NEVER bought anything living from a LFS, all my creatures are locally caught and have always been so (and that's 30++ years now). If my fish are not donated to public aquaria (I have 30+ adult moorish idols in Bayworld PE ATM), they are often released back into the same pools/estuaries where they were collected.
     
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    All my fish are locally caught
     
  17. Kunhardt

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    I have had one for over a year now its still pretty small (you saw it the other day Steven) and I have had it since it was the size of the one in Rich's pic.

    Its never eaten...oh wait there was that one Chromis...well that one chromis twice...long story...other than that he has never eaten any of my fish, seems to live on pods, small hermits etc in the tank since I dont feed him anything else and he is still going strong.
     
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    Thanks Mark,

    Maybe, I'll leave him for a while. (Got a purple tang, a file fish, a convict surgeon and a small spotted puffer and saw a few wrasse all in the same spot in the Nahoon yesterday)
     
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    Nice...although I am sure u mistaken on the Purple tang, lavender tang maybe?
     
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    It's a dark puple, with a yellowish tail. The top fin slightly highlighted on the edge. It's about 2½ cm. Still need to properly id it.
     
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    u got me...lavender/ bristletooth more than likely but a pic would probably help identify
     
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