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Old 10-10-2005, 10:18 PM   #1
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Hey whats up all, this is my first post on the forum, so hi. I'm new to saltwater aquariums so I figured I'd ask around to see what everybody had to say. I'm looking to get a saltwater tank set up within the next few months. I've had a freshwater aquarium for a while now, everything is going and has been going fine. Anyways, I've been falling for lionfish pictures all over the net. I'd like to get a smaller one that grows to around 7" or 8" But, I'd also like some other fish in the tank (2 or 3 at least.) What size tank would I need to house a fish that big and the others that have to be near his size, or at least significantly bigger than his mouth? Also, any suggestions as far as compatability?
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The bigger the better for salt water I think but I think a 50 would do fine....But im not sure cause one of my friends has a freshwater tank w. 2 big oscars in it and he says its to small.
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55 Gallon is definitely too small. I'm planning on keeping around 25-40" of fish total. And I know saltwater is much less tolerant in regards to the "fish to water" ratio.
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100gal if more to house a volitans lion IMO..
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The bigger the better for salt water I think but I think a 50 would do fine....But im not sure cause one of my friends has a freshwater tank w. 2 big oscars in it and he says its to small.
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Old 10-11-2005, 01:06 PM   #6
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For SW Compatibility there are a ton of links:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/SWCompatibility.php
http://www.liveaquaria.com/general/c...lity_chart.cfm
http://www.jackspets.com/marinecompatibility.htm
http://www.aquariumpros.com/articles...tibility.shtml
http://www.tropicalfishstore.com/compatibility.htm

As for the lionfish, most sites list 75+ gal tanks but I agree with Matt that 100+ gal is the way to go since you plan on getting two more "like fish" of the same size.
http://www.aquariacentral.com/fishin...e/lionfish.htm
http://www.fishlore.com/Profiles_Lionfish.htm
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/20...ture/index.php
http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/lionfishscorpionfish/
http://www.coralrealm.com/sample3.html

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Would a 55 gallon be acceptable for housing a dwarf lionfish with one tankmate?
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A 55 would be great for a dwarf lionfish. Not sure what tankmates you are considering but keep in mind that if it can fit in the lions mouth, there is a chance that is where it will end up. And they can swallow items close to their own size. So, be sure the tankmate is larger than the lion and be sure it's not something that is gonna pick on the delicate fins of the lion.
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The dwarf lionfish only gets to about 2-3” so a 55 should be fine with a few small tank mates. The dwarf isn’t as pretty as the larger ones IMO but is still a cool little fish

Feeding a live diet might get old after awhile as some lions will not eat frozen very well.
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Not quite sure what you're referncing...Dwarf Lionfish get to be 7-8"

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=230
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=227
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