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Old 07-21-2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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Wink Volitans lionfish housing

I have a 3 inch lionfish in a 20gallon tank. I know they grow quick so must act soon. Any ideas on proper housing for my buddy!
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I've heard of 55 and no less. Preferably 75 and up .
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:44 AM   #3
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I've heard of 55 and no less. Preferably 75 and up .
If it's a true volitan, you're going to need more than that..... those easily get 12" to 15" and need lots of room. A 6' tank in the 125 to 150 gallon range would be an absolute minimum.

You figure if it does hit 15", a 72" tank is still less than 5 times his body length, and their "wingspan" can reach as wide as their length. A 125/150 is roughly 18" front to back, so when it's spread out, it has just enough room to swim a few feet, turn around & swim a few feet back down the center of the tank.

IMO, this is one of those fish that should come with a disclaimer.... "This thing gets freakin' huge"

EDIT: http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...279&pcatid=279
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+++++++1111111111. Absolute min is 125.
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If it's a true volitan, you're going to need more than that..... those easily get 12" to 15" and need lots of room. A 6' tank in the 125 to 150 gallon range would be an absolute minimum.

You figure if it does hit 15", a 72" tank is still less than 5 times his body length, and their "wingspan" can reach as wide as their length. A 125/150 is roughly 18" front to back, so when it's spread out, it has just enough room to swim a few feet, turn around & swim a few feet back down the center of the tank.

IMO, this is one of those fish that should come with a disclaimer.... "This thing gets freakin' huge"

EDIT: http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...279&pcatid=279
Hey my 120 gallon is 5 feet long and 20 inches wide and 28 inches deep
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+++++++1111111111. Absolute min is 125.
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GREAT!!!! I love predator fish. Going to convert my 120gallon to saltwater to house my prized posession volitans lionfish. The tank is 5ft long 20inches long and 30inches deep. Will 70 or 80pds of liverock with a 3inch bed of livesand be good with a xp4 canister and a good protien skimmer. Can I house my lion, a clown trigger, and one or two more predator fish in this?
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From what I read, I think as long as the predatory fish have enough room that they won't fight and are of close enough size that they won't eat each other, yes. It should be fine for around 5 preds
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Clown trigger gets too big. Absolutely massive fish.
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The trigger will kill the lion, and everything else in due time.
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