Wild Caught Lionfish

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  1. Bonzai

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    Hey guys

    I'm soooo exited. I just had to post this on Masa. I caught 2 x Lionfish at the coast 2 months ago. I couldn't see if they ate whenever I fed the fish.

    Last night I sat infront of the tank after feeding marine seafood mix, and guess what!!! The smaller one of the two started to eat!!! I also noted that the bigger one also gave some more attention to the food when it floated past him and he followed some of the pieces.

    My wild caught snowflake eel also eats and swims right up infront of the glass when it's feeding time. I'm soooo thrilled with this new tank of mine.

    Will post some pics next week.
     
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  3. Tobes

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    That's cool Bonzia, you must surely be relieved :)

    Now get to work on those pics, would like to see the lions and eel.
     
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    Awesome, PICS PICS PICS!!
     
  5. danimal

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    awesome stuff bonzai :thumbup:

    I've kept several wild-caught lions, and find that small slices of hake are the easiest to get them to eat.

    what I do is keep them in the sump until they are taking food readily (so it's easier to feed them without fighting off the other fish that will try go for the hake). I use a piece of cotton and tie a pice of the hake to it, and 'go fishing'. just jiggle the food in the water in front of its face. for the first few days it shows no interest, then as it gets a bit hungier it will show some interest until eventually it will make a grab. the trick is to tie the cotton loose enough so that when he grabs its, it will come loose. once he has fed 3 or 4 times using this method, I move him upstairs.

    this way the lion also comes to associate you with food, and whenever I am near the tank he is out and about. I can even get my latest one to eat from my hand :) gotta watch the spikes though... :whistling:

    they are amazing fish, definitely my favourite and always the fish people ask about when visiting (it generally goes 'oh look its nemo and dory... but what is THAT???') haha.

    try get the other one to eat as well, they are probably surviving off small pods etc, but it won't be enough to keep them healthy. hence the interest in the marine mix. to really get them to take it they need to be tricked into thinking its live. once they realise its dead but ok to eat, they turn into pigs.

    now take some pics :p
     
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    Played! My last wild caught lionfish started taking flakes within the first week of catching him!:thumbup:
     
  7. Bonzai

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    I don't know if I were hallucinating, but the other night when I fed flakes to my fish, it looked as if the small lion were following the flakes etc. Maybe it started to also take the flakes...

    Do Lionfish eat flakes?
     
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    Some do no problem, some you need to train and some will never touch flakes. Depends on the individual...
     
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    Damn, all this talk of lion fish is making me want one!! Always wanted one, until i learned it eats whatever fits into its mouth..
     
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    Yes - just because it is eating flakes, does not mean it will not also chow that special fish :rofl:
     
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    nice , i also caught x2 lions but the one only eats flakes and pelets and the one that eats the marine food is bigger than the other one and they where the same size whene i caught them
     
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    @danimal Im curious to know where about KZN do you catch these guys? One day when my Antheas, clowns and chromis's get really big, i definitely want one :)
     
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    i caught mine in durban
     
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    Durban coastline is not that small??
     
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    Your fish might get big but the lion fish will very quickly get bigger!
     
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    ive caught in umhlanga, umdloti, the bluff and ballito. they're everywhere :)
     
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    isipingo beach whene the low tide comes in the rock pools you will find even purple tangs there whene i was there i saw purple tangs box fish like black tangs .
     
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    Corrected:whistling:
     
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    Its the damn local KZN blokes that keep releasing their overly agressive purple tangs into the Isipingo tidal pool.
     
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