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Minimum Tank Size
A 50 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to appropriately accommodate a lionfish and provide ample space for it to thrive. Additionally, the aquarium should include various hiding places to make the fish feel secure during its acclimation to the new environment. It is important to note that the top spines of the lionfish are venomous and can cause reactions similar to a bee sting. To treat a sting, it is recommended to soak the affected area in hot water ranging from 100-110º F. Moreover, it is advisable to use protective gloves when handling the fish to prevent any potential stings.
1) When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. The Dwarf Lionfish diet is made up of meaty foods such as live shrimp, live fish, and sometimes, crustacean flesh.