Antenneta Lionfish - Venomous

Pterois antennata

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Antenneta Lionfish - Venomous

Antenneta Lionfish - Venomous

Pterois antennata

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Antenneta Lionfish - Venomous Care Facts

Size: 2-2.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indo Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
Reef Safe: No
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 60 Gallons
 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.

Caring for the Antenneta Lionfish in Your Saltwater Aquarium

The Antenneta Lionfish (Pterois antennata), also known as the Ragged-Fin Lionfish or the Spotfin Lionfish, is a captivating marine species aquarists seek for its striking appearance and relatively manageable care requirements. Native to the Indo-Pacific region, this species offers enthusiasts a glimpse into the mesmerizing world of saltwater aquariums.

Habitat and Reef Compatibility of the Antenneta Lionfish

In their natural habitat, Antenneta Lionfish inhabit coral reefs, rocky crevices, and lagoons, typically at depths ranging from 10 to 50 meters. While they are not considered reef-safe due to their predatory nature, they can coexist with corals and other invertebrates in larger aquariums with ample hiding spaces.

Size and Lifespan of the Antenneta Lionfish

Antenneta Lionfish can grow up to 8 to 10 inches long when fully matured, making them a moderately sized species suitable for home aquariums. They can live for approximately 5 to 10 years in captivity with proper care.

Diet in Captivity of the Antenneta Lionfish

These lionfish are carnivores, feeding primarily on small fish and crustaceans in the wild. In captivity, they readily accept a diet of frozen or live marine fish, shrimp, and other meaty foods. It's essential to offer a varied diet to meet their nutritional needs.

Aquaculture Availability of the Antenneta Lionfish

Antenneta Lionfish are less commonly aquacultured than some other species; captive-bred individuals may occasionally become available to hobbyists. However, most specimens found in the aquarium trade are wild-caught.

Compatibility with Tankmates of the Antenneta Lionfish

Due to their predatory nature and venomous spines, Antenneta Lionfish are best kept in a species-specific tank or with more extensive, aggressive tankmates that are not small enough to be considered prey. Suitable tankmates may include species such as:

Sexual Dimorphism of the Antenneta Lionfish

Sexual dimorphism in Antenneta Lionfish is not readily apparent, with males and females displaying similar physical characteristics.

Juvenile to Adult Coloration Changes of the Antenneta Lionfish

Juvenile Antenneta Lionfish often exhibit more vibrant colors, including bold stripes and spots, which may fade as they mature. Adults typically display a combination of muted tones, including brown, beige, and red, with distinct patterning along their fins.

Temperament of the Antenneta Lionfish

Antenneta Lionfish are generally solitary and territorial, exhibiting a calm demeanor when provided with adequate space and suitable tank conditions. However, they should be handled with care due to their venomous spines, which can cause painful stings if mishandled.

Tank Requirements for the Antenneta Lionfish

  • Minimum Aquarium Size: A tank with at least 50 gallons capacity is recommended for a single Antenneta Lionfish. Larger tanks offer more space and opportunities for additional tank mates.
  • Water Parameters: Maintain the following water parameters for optimal health:
    • pH: 8.1 to 8.4
    • Salinity: 1.020 to 1.025
    • Water Temperature: 75°F to 82°F
    • Water Flow: Moderate to high flow to mimic their natural environment

Other Common Names of the Antenneta Lionfish

Ragged-Fin Lionfish, Spotfin Lionfish

Why Choose for the Antenneta Lionfish

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