Fish Guide

Clearfin Lionfish   (Pterois radiata)
Family: Scorpaenidae (Lionfish)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 3 to 49 ft.   Size: 9 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Crabs, shrimp
Natural History: The Clearfin Lionfish is found on reef flats, slopes, and lagoons, hiding in crevices and caves. It is usually observed singly or in groups up to 3 in larger shelters. It is nocturnal and hunts at night for food. It ambushes unsuspecting prey, usually crabs. The Clearfin Lionfish has white horizontal lines on the caudal peduncle and no spots on the pectoral fin membranes.
Husbandry: The Clearfin Lionfish needs a hiding place in the aquarium for a retreat. They will ambush prey and usually will only eat live food when first introduced to an aquarium. Crayfish may be used as a substitute at the start of tank acclimation. It can be trained to eat small fish.

AKA: Radiata Lionfish

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