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October marine fish of the month: Volitans Lionfish

Volitans Lionfish at Aqua home aquatics centre Leyland

Nothing looks quite as impressive as a large Volitans Lion Fish. Found in the Indo Pacific region and adults can grow as large as 47cm or 18.5 inches! These fish have large venomous spines that protrude from the body similar to a mane giving the name lionfish.

Care should always be taken when housing these aquarium fish as they can cause serious injury to humans and should always be kept with extreme care.

Tank mates need to be large if not larger than the lionfish in order to prevent being consumed and need a tank size of at least 120 gallons or 400 – 500 litres when an adult. Its diet should include meaty foods such as live shrimp, fish and frozen foods.

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