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Old 04-02-2007, 11:43 AM   #11
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My LFS gets them all the time. Somehow she always get ones that are alway out in the open.
I agree with Hara, they are very beautiful fish and you will have to be careful of your other critter selection. Personally I think the Volitan Lionfish is my favorite one.
As for your boyfriend, they usually don't actively attack hands/fish with their spines. It is more of a defense mechanisim. He would have to be more careful and maybe wear some thck gloves.
When I was looking at loinfish I considered a Harptail Blenny . Neat little guys. I had a forktail, kind of the same thing and he was neat.
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Roka, its not the boyfriend with the allergies, its me. I try to do most of the work outside the tank - cleaning equipment, mixing water, testing, ect. Getting a lion would just guarantee that I can only do work outside of the tank. But anywho...

I did talk to him tonight about the lion & he loves our shrimp too much to risk it, or to get rid of them. So, I'll have to show him the different wrasse suggested & see what he says.

Oh yeah...and its not so much that we want a big fish, but just one that stands out on his own. Who knows...maybe we will just resort to the tang. Thanks for all the suggestions so far, though!
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My only problem with the bi color is that it might be prone to nipping at the corals.
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My only problem with the bi color is that it might be prone to nipping at the corals.
I've heard that while some do, most do not. It's a bit of a crap-shoot.
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Yeah, and I'm not really wanting to take that risk. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Yeah, and I'm not really wanting to take that risk. Thanks for the suggestion though.
IMO it would be a much larger risk to your tank if you get a lionfish. They may not harm corals but much more would be in danger.
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Sorry if I am missing something, but how would the lion be much more of a risk? If we did decide to get it, I would take the shrimp back to the LFS. What else would be in danger?
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Basically, like groupers, anything a lion can fit in his mouth will be food. Of course, there are critters that have defense mechanisims, foxface lo, forktail blennys and others that will make the lionfish think twice (or even only once) as to weather he should try to swallow them. I think the general consensus is, pick your other critters carefully.
For your shrimp question, if the shrimp is a lot larger than the lionfish's mouth, you might be good to go......
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Thanks Roka, I knew that also but I wasnt sure that was what was being implied. I don't think we are going to do the lion though, so oh well.
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