Deepwater lionfish

Species information for the Deepwater lionfish, in the Lionfish category.

  1. FAMILY - Scorpaenidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Pterois Mombasae

    COMMON NAME - Deepwater Lionfish (Mombasa Turkeyfish, Mile's Lionfish)

    SIZE - 6.3" (16 cm)

    RANGE - Indo West Pacific

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 30 US Gal. (114 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Varied diet of meaty marine fare, marine fish, crustacean flesh, live grass shrimp, feeder fish. Feed 3-4 times per week.

    AQUARIUM SUITABILITY - 10 - (Venomous)

    REEF COMPATIBILITY - Will eat shrimp and smaller fish.

    CAPTIVE CARE - Acclimates to captivity well, must have plenty of hiding places. More than one can be kept as long as each has their own hiding places, will eat any fish in the aquarium small enough to fit into its mouth. Best kept in dimly lit tanks, however, can be kept in deep or shallow reef tanks. CAUTION - THIS FISH IS VENOMOUS.

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