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Black Foot Lionfish
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Black Foot Lionfish

Parapterois heterura
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Black Foot Lionfish also known as the Blackfoot Firefish, Blue Fin Lionfish or Black Fin Lionfish are found from Natal, South Africa to southern Japan.

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The Black Foot Lionfish has elongate upper caudal rays, they have beautiful blue broken bands on the inner surface of the pectoral fins. They can grow to a maximum length of 38 cm however, most specimens are much smaller than this and adults are often about 11 cm in length.

The spines on the dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins are venomous, and used solely for defense. If stung, the affect is similar to a bee sting, only stronger. Lionfish venom contains proteins that are broken up by heat, which prevent them from entering the bloodstream. After a sting, remove any broken spines lodged in the wound, and immediately immerse the affected area in the hottest water you can stand (not scalding), for 30 minutes, followed by medical attention. For individuals sensitive to stings, its advisable to seek medical attention immediately. 

The Black Foot Lionfish should be housed in an aquarium with numerous hiding places. It will hide while acclimating to its new home, but then is generally found out in the open. It may eat smaller fish, shrimp, and other crustaceans in the tank.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Its diet should include meaty foods such as live shrimp, fish, and occasionally crustacean flesh. Once fully settled into the aquarium, with some diligence and patience, Black Foot Lionfish can convert over to consuming a prepared diet consisting of chunks of fresh shrimp, fish, and pieces of squid.

The Black Foot Lionfish is Reef Safe with caution as they will prey on any small fish or crustaceans that will fit in to its mouth, however they will not harm any corals.

Minimum Aquarium Size

300 L

Max Size

11 cm

Reef Safe

With caution








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Wild Caught



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