Lionfish are a species of saltwater fish belonging to the scorpionfish family. They are characterized by their bright colorations, long flowing fins and venomous tentacles that form a protective fan around the fish. Lionfish are regarded as one of the most majestic looking species of fish in the modern aquarium hobby. They are also incredibly hardy and disease resistant, and make great choices for intermediate and experienced aquarists. Lionfish are characterized by their warning colorations consisting of red, yellow, white, creamy, brown or black bands.
It is important to know that this species is not native to Florida waters. Many hobbyists, not aware of this fact, have discarded this fish into our waters and as a result, this species has proliferated. With no natural predator, this fish has become a devastation to the coral reefs off the coast of Florida. Unless you plan on keeping this fish for the entirety of its life, please reconsider another fish.