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A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of hiding places is the ideal habitat for a lionfish. It will feel safe and secure while it adjusts to its new home. The lionfish has venomous spines, which cause reactions similar to a bee sting, but can be even more intense. Therefore, it is important to handle the lionfish with caution. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the aquarium is securely closed, as lionfish are known to be skilled jumpers. Lastly, lionfish should be kept with other fish that are large enough not to be eaten.
When first introduced into the aquarium, feeder shrimp should be used to entice the fish to eat. The Lionfish diet consists of meaty foods such as live shrimp, live fish, and sometimes, crustacean flesh.