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Old 05-13-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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Is my lion fish ashamed?

I just got a lion fish, and it spends most of its time vertical with its head down. It will go horizontal and move from time to time, but then it's back to vertical.

Is this normal?
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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I have realized that lionfish tend to sit diagnolly. And they sit in 1 place. Sounds normal too me.
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Very normal mine did this for a while
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:41 PM   #4
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Cool, thanks! I had one a very long time ago, but I didn't recall it behaving like that.
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Most lionfish tend to perch or hover rather than actively swim. If the fish shows signs of bouyancy problems, neurological signs, or difficult to feed then there should be a concern.
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Well, there doesn't appear to be a problem getting it to eat. I added it yesterday and this morning I seem to be missing my smallest damsel. Too bad the other 2 are a little too big. For now...

Please describe a "buoyancy" issue. It doesn't seem to have a hard time staying where it wants to. It does however seem to have a hard time swimming in locations with a stronger current. I'm used to a reef tank. I have a sump and a good protein skimmer, can I lose the power heads creating the current? I'd still have a (very) little current from the sump returns, and a Fluval canister filter return. (G6)
What I find truly amazing is that it has yet to hide. There are plenty of places and I understood it to be a nocturnal fish, but it's not shy at all. I cleaned the outside of the glass today and it followed me from one end to the other. Probably looking for a way to get a dorsal fin into my skin.
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count yourself lucky in having a nice lion. As he grows you will start to loose more of your damsels and anyother fish that fits into it's mouth. Everything you said is normal for a Lionfish. I read on the internet where a Father bought a Lionfish for his son to keep his Clownfish company. Ten mins. after the lionfish was released into the tank the Clown went missing. Some people just don't have any common sense.
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He can have the other 2 damsels. I wish him luck taking out the foxface or the trigger. They're almost the size of the lion.
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he will try just about any fish which will fit in its mouth,they have very a large mouth,just make sure you keep it well fed mine died after trying to eat a yellow tail damsel which it couldn't swallow and then couldn't get it out of its mouth and probably drowned, 2 dead fish in one go.i used to hand feed mine but be careful if you try this.
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Thanks for the heads up... In another tank I added a fuzzy dwarf lion. He's been hiding all day, and comes out at night as I expected. But how does one feed a fish? The 1st one I've been talking about is satisfied with feeder guppies. If I toss a couple in the tank with the dwarf will he see them at night? I mean the dwarf won't come out until it's dark in the house when it's time to go to bed...
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