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Old 08-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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What to feed lionfish

Ok so I'm thinking about getting a dwarf zebra lion

I know they most likely need to be started on live food but what Should I feed as a staple?

I did some research an apparently staple foods like whole shrimp, clams, and crab meat are good? So what would be the option to feed? Is it recommended to vary the diet or can I Stick to one? I'm 14 and nor me or my family eat seafood, so is it expensive to get these foods from the supermarket? I also hear that people soak the foods in vitamin supplements, so what should I use?
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:08 PM   #2
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I feed mine live minnows from a canal or pond, sometimes a shrimp finds it way into the net.
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You could breed shrimp as a once or twice time a week meal. I know they sell frozen fish foods like shrimp and crab. Probably a little expensive. Feeder goldfish from the store are correctly identified as non nutritious and parasite carriers
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There's a lot of issues with feeding live food from fresh water systems, most of them involve parasites and inadequate nutrition. I would feed it silversides if anything. Frozen would be your best bet.
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Gut loaded feeder shrimp would be a good option
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Sallys silversides
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When you say feeder shrimp, you mean ghost shrimp right?
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To get the lionfish to eat frozen food can take awhile in some cases. I caught my two when they were little so I kept them other wise I would of cut there heads off. They are hardy invasive fish in Fl. Feeding them live shrimp from the pet store at 3 bucks for six is expensive. Go get some minnows and that will bring about there natural instinct then try to slip a piece of silverside in. Mine have yet to eat frozen they are big and fat. Parasites on minnow no worries, won't live in saltwater and fed one or two every couple days and there free.
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I'm actually slightly allergic to shrimp and it causes irritation on my skin


So are silversides something that can be a nutritious staple? Can I breed then so that I can gut load them?

I'm still wondering if clam meat is an option?

I'm just looking for a cheap staple food that can be bought at the store or bred in a 10gal
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