Antenneta Lionfish - Venomous

Antenneta Lionfish - Venomous

Pterois antennata

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 60 Gallons
Max Size: 7 inches
 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.
 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. I
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.

I bought this Antenneta Lionfish - Venomous here and to show you how hardy this guy is, he was the most active of 5 fish I had delivered when outside temp in MN was 21 degree out and bag water was at 68 degrees. All survived after 2 1/2 hr slow drip acclimation. He is a colorful little guy to watch darting around the tank. He is constantly on the move searching for food or detritus on the bottom as well as on reef rock. Likes to dart in and out of rock. He is getting much better at snagging Mysis shrimp I drop in before the other 6 fish hog it all, especially my Hamlet Indigo who gobbles everything that moves. A joy to watch.

Reviewed by: Philip Brock on Sept. 12, 2021

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