Red Volitan Lionfish
- Scientific Name: Pterois volitans
- Approximate Size: Small: 2" to 3", Medium: 3" to 5", Large: 5" to 6"
- Care Level: Expert. Please note that items of this care level are regarded as nonguaranteed beyond 2 hours after arrival.
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Reef Safe: With caution
- Diet: Carnivorous. Feed live shrimp, live fish, and other meaty foods
- Origin: Africa, Caribbean, Indonesia, Sumatra, Vanuatu
- Acclimation Time: 3 + Hours
- Coral Safe: Monitor
- Invertebrate Safe: Monitor
- Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
The Red Volitan Lionfish, also known as the Red Lionfish, the Common Lionfish, the Red Firefish, the Turkeyfish, and the Butterfly Cod, has a stunningly striped body of reds, browns, and whites, accentuated by its large, fanning pecoral fins and banded dorsal fin spines. It should be housed in a tank of at least 120 gallons with other predatory fish that are larger than the Lionfish's mouth. Though you will usually see the Lionfish swimming out in the open, it does enjoy hiding in live rock. This species is considered to be reef safe with caution as there is a chance of it knocking over corals or preying on small fish and invertebrates.
Like other Lionfish, the sting from one of this creature's spines is venomous. One should avoid coming too close to this fish, but if stung, it will be slightly stronger than that of a bee sting. Pour white vinegar on the contact site to ease the pain, and consult your physician for further care.
Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.