Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 09-13-2009, 09:54 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 21
lionfish+clownfish=semi tramatic event

Soooo yesterday I was shopping around for a new fish for my tank. Stopped into a reputable fish and coral store and was looking for something intresting but not to exspensive. I spot a few id like but out of my price range for right now and see a small lionfish the body is about 5 inches.. I asked the guy if he would be okay with the fish i currently have. A maroon clownfish and scooter blenny and he said they should be okay considering their sizes. The clownfish was about 1" width and 1"tall. The lionfish seemed to be leaving everyone alone up until now when i got home. Coincidentally I was bringing my gfs daughter home and after giving her a big speech about not putting her hands in the tank. As fate would have it she comes home from her grandfathers house with a carnival goldfish she won thinking it could live in the my saltwater tank. And after explaining we couldnt because of the salt and the fact that the lionfish might eat him cus hes so small this happens. Shes checking him out for the first time and I notice him kinda hovering almost upside down over the clownfish and I walked away for literally a second and I hear these words "OMG HE ATE NEMO!!!". Id say its kinda traumatic for a 6 year old to witness. Luckily I distracted her with situating her goldfish and thats that.

Anyways Im tring to figure out something. Ive read that lionfish will only eat things that they can fit in thier mouth. Well ezactly how big is it or whats a safe size when it comes to picking out fish where they wont be devoured? Im guessing there isnt a big enuff clownfish in this world that would be safe from a LF is there? Not that im hooked on em but Im just trin to make the kid happy but she understands if theres no way they would get along.

ianbword is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2009, 07:03 AM   #2
SW 20 & Over Club
ccCapt's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,365
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
As I'm sure you noticed, the lion has a big mouth when it's opened wide. Anything that fits in it is fair game....food wise.
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2009, 10:45 AM   #3
Thanx but no.....

Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,333
Which will be another bridge you'll cross. Bigger species of fish will cost you a premium which you might now have to pay due to the lion.
CaptainAhab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2009, 11:36 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,858
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I agree, a lion can "attempt" to swallow anything it deems "small" enough to try to get in it's mouth.
You can look at some smaller fish that have certain defense mechanisms, such at a forktail blenny (with a venomous bite) which when swallowed will bite the inside of the lion's mouth, causing it to spit him out....but...there are still no guarantees....
I imagine the scooter might be the next meal....
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2009, 05:13 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 21
yeah im gonna sit on this guy for a while before i invest in anything bigger and more $. But hes quite intresting to watching like when hes just kinda floating upside down. Scooters still here been almost a week now but who knows with that beast.
ianbword is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 02:18 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
pat8you's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Woodbridge, Va
Posts: 1,802
Send a message via AIM to pat8you
Another thing to keep in mind is that the lion is going to get real big eventually. While he may not be able to fit a tank mate in his mouth now... it may only be a matter of time.

You should start looking at fish that get quite large.
pat8you is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 07:17 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
mcgrady7761's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 131
thats totally bad ***
mcgrady7761 is offline   Reply With Quote

clown, clownfish, lionfish

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clownfish and Lionfish?? patches22033 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 5 01-02-2010 03:14 PM
Will a dwarf lionfish eat a 1 1/2" fish? also a clownfish/stocking question launch Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 10 12-21-2008 08:28 PM
Catastrophic Event smittyjr18 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 10 09-10-2008 10:13 PM
dwarf lionfish and clownfish badfish Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 03-05-2005 08:47 AM
Catastrophic event turns out ok Bearfan Saltwater Reef Aquaria 9 12-31-2004 06:20 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.