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Old 11-11-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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First time to have lionfish

I have read up alot on lionfish prior to purchaseing them and have read lots of different types of methods as far as feeding how to and what to feed them. I would like to know if anyone has any experiance with lionfish as far as what to feed them how to feed them and how often? Live food, dead food, shrimp , gold fish, ect ? Any help is much appreciated. Ty
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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I have read up alot on lionfish prior to purchaseing them and have read lots of different types of methods as far as feeding how to and what to feed them. I would like to know if anyone has any experiance with lionfish as far as what to feed them how to feed them and how often? Live food, dead food, shrimp , gold fish, ect ? Any help is much appreciated. Ty
I start the ones off at the lfs I work at with ghost shrimp and then work them onto frozen silversides. Then I try to get them to eat frozen mysis, etc... Don't feed goldfish, they are unhealthy and can lead to health issues.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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I have a Volitan that came with my tank. It eats silversides and I sometimes cut up pieces of shrimp. The prior owner said it ate straight from the LFS, so he never had issues. I feed every other day usually one silverside or about half a shrimp.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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I feed mine silversides. It's all it'll eat so far other than live fish, but haven't done that in a while to avoid disease. They grow pretty quickly too. Awesome fish! Enjoy!!
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:21 PM   #5
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I picked one up on sat so I'm interested to see this too. I have fed mine ghost shrimp so far as it would not take a chunk of fish I tried to feed it.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:46 PM   #6
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I had a dwarf fuzzy. Loved him. I'm under the school of thought where you try to match the fish's natural feeding state. Lion fish have slow metabolisms so feeding once every 3-4 days is what I did. Mine ate frozen from the start. The big thing is to mix up their diet. Lock jaw comes from a non balanced diet. Find a frozen pack that you like that has multiple options (or make your own) and all will be well.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:48 PM   #7
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I had a 13 inch lion for a very long time I got him when he was about 5 inches. When I first got him I fed live fish then I worked into to feeding him silversides then after a while he ate everything I put in the tank. (Including a 4 inch queen trigger when he was about 8 inches) they are great fish but make sure you get large fish to put I with him.
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How do you get him onto silversides? How long would you expect it to take?
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #9
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How do you get him onto silversides? How long would you expect it to take?
They are near sighted. The food needs to be within a few inches of them to smell it, then target it. I used forceps to deliver defrosted silversides directly in front of mine, then stand back.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:58 PM   #10
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Ummm I would say ease into it and feed live for a week or two then feed both for a week or two then just feed dead.
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