Radiata Lionfish

Radiata Lionfish
Latin name:
(Pterois radiata)

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


Minimum Tank Size

70 gallons


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A 70 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places is an ideal space for the scorpion. This will provide the scorpion with enough room to move around, plus multiple areas for the scorpion to hide when needed. The top spines of the scorpion are venomous and can cause a reaction similar to a bee sting, so it is important to be mindful when handling the scorpion. To treat a sting, the affected area should be soaked in hot water (100-114º F) for best results. Additionally, it is recommended to keep a first aid kit on hand for any unexpected circumstances. Lastly, have a veterinarian on call for any serious medical emergencies.

When introducing the Radiata Lionfish into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice it to feed. This species of fish is mainly carnivorous and its diet consists of meaty foods such as live shrimp (including ornamental shrimp), live fish, and even crustacean flesh. To ensure its survival, it is important to provide a varied diet to the Radiata Lionfish. Additionally, the aquarium should be regularly monitored to make sure the lionfish is receiving the proper nutrition.

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