Antennata Lionfish

Antennata Lionfish
Latin name:
(Pterois antennata)

Care Level





Black, Red, White



Preferred Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Avg. Max Size

1′ 3″

Minimum Tank Size

50 gallons


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A 50 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places is ideal for the successful keeping of the Lionfish. This will not only provide the adequate space required to keep the fish, but also allows the fish to feel secure and comfortable in its new environment. Providing a good supply of ghost shrimp will help the Lionfish to acclimate to its new surroundings while also providing it with a source of food. Additionally, Lionfish possess venomous spines on the dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins, so it is important to handle them with care to avoid any potential stings. As a precaution, it is a good idea to wear protective gloves when handling them. With the proper care and environment, these beautiful fish can thrive in captivity for many years.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. After acclimating the diet should consist of meaty foods such as live shrimp, live fish, and sometimes, crustacean flesh. The feeder shrimp should be offered at different times of the day, and the aquarium should be cleaned regularly to prevent the fish from getting tired of the feeder shrimp.