Lionfish, Pterois volitans (Linnaeus) is an invasive species to Florida and the Caribbean. The lionfishes have been established around 2002. Their prefered prey are small fishes and crustaceans which makes them a fish only tank inhabitant. Lionfish are very beautiful looking fish and would be a great addition to your tank. We normally sell them around 2″ to 3″ but we can get bigger specimens upon request. If you buy this fish you are doing a great favor to the native species of the Caribbean.
The lionfish has a potent venom, only experienced aquarist should handle this fish.
Small: 2 to 3 inches
Medium: 3< to 4 inches
Large: 4< to 5 inches
XL: 5< to 6 inches
Please Note: Any new fish purchased from us or from a local pet store should to be quarantined. All fish from anywhere in the wild can be possible carriers of bacteria and protozoa that can lead to an infection in your system, so we always recommend that you use some sort of quarantine system prior to adding them to your system. If you have a fish only system and can medicate the whole system, you may not need a separate quarantine tank. If you have a reef system that cannot be medicated, a good ultraviolet sterilization system should prevent any kind of disease outbreak. We medicate our system for bacterial infections and protozoans, but because we dont always hold our fish for long periods of time, there is no way to be sure all the protozoan cysts have been killed. A little bit of prevention will save you lots of trouble down the line.