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The Antenneta Lionfish, Pterois antennata, is commonly referred as the Antennata Lionfish, Spotfin Lionfish, Banded Lionfish, Broadbarred Firefish, Ragged-finned Firefish, Rough-scaled Firefish, and Scorpion Miles. This Lionfish features beautiful vertical stripes along its body, and has large flowing fan-shaped pectoral fins. The Antenneta Lionfish can grow up to the size of 8 inches, and should be kept in a tank no less than 60 gallons. The Antenneta Lionfish loves to spend it's time out in the open water from dusk until dawn, but generally will hide in caves in daylight. Therefore, we advise you to keep plenty of rockwork and caves as hiding spots for the Antenneta Lionfish during the day. The tank should also be well- equipped with subdued lighting, as the Antenneta Lionfish tends to become more active during the night than during the day. Caution is advised while handling the Lionfish, since it has venomous dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins, causing reactions similar to a very strong bee sting. The poison these fish can inflict is shot out through their venomous spines from the glands in the long grooves of their fins. We do not recommend keeping this Lionfish if you are a beginner, as it takes great care and patience to handle this fish.
They are also a solitary Lionfish specimen, and should be kept to one per tank. It may also eat smaller fish, shrimp, and other crustaceans in the tank and is not reef safe, therefor we recommend you not to add smaller fishes, which might become snacks for the Antenneta Lionfish. As long as the other fish won't fit in their mouth of the Antenneta Lionfish, they should be safe. Its diet should include meaty foods such as live Shrimp, live Feeder Fish, and occasionally chopped Squid, Clams, Krill and Crustacean flesh for a balance and varied diet. Feeding at least 3 times daily. The Antenneta Lionfish thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78°F and pH of 8.1-8.4.
Venomous: Please be aware that this fish is venomous and could cause painful and long lasting stings.
NOTE: As per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, we are not permitted to ship any Lionfish to the state of Florida.
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