Lionfishes and Other Scorpionfishes
Updated August 12, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
By Frank Marini
Publisher: T.F.H. Publications (2010)
This book is primarily about, you guessed it, Lionfish and other Scorpionfish. These fish are very fascinating and many hobbyists unfamiliar with them are often drawn to the hobby due to their extravagant and long flowing fins. Some of the species can be quite venomous and the proper care and aquarium setup are crucial for their long term survival. It's also a good idea to read up on them as much as you can due to their venomous spines.
Lionfish and other Scorpionfishes is sort of quick read, coming in at around 127 pages. It is available in both paperback and in kindle format. I picked mine up via my kindle. The author starts by explaining the various species and the habitats they are found in, their feeding requirements and their defensive responses which can be very good to know if keeping them. There are not all that many species that we keep as saltwater hobbyists that warrant such close attention when you have your arms in the tank. Best bet would be to pick up some arm length rubber gloves if you have your arms in your lionfish or scorpionfish tank on a regular basis. Better safe than sorry. A sting from one of these fishes can be extremely painful and may warrant a visit to the emergency room if you are showing a more serious reaction.
Tank setup is covered next and the author talks about some of the more ideal set ups for keeping them in. There is nothing that is too detailed but the author does hit on all the topics such as heating, filtration, skimmers, cleaning, aquascaping, etc. Acquiring a good specimen from the start can be very important and the author tells the reader what to look for when choosing a healthy lionfish or scorpionfish.
Acclimation and nutrition are talked about and there is a pretty good section about what to do if your fish is on a feeding strike and what you can do to try and get them eating again. Some good ideas in this section. Diseases and illnes along with possible tank mates are also covered here.
Most of the book is on the various lionfish and scorpionfish species. Each species profiled includes common names, adult size, distribution (where the species is primarily found), an identifying photo and general care info.
If you are the least bit interested in the lionfish and scorpionfish species you will likely get a lot out of this book. We give it four and a half stars.
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: The Complete Guide to the Successful Care and Breeding of These Spectacular and Popular Marine Fish
Description: These lionfish and scorpionfish are very fascinating and many hobbyists unfamiliar with them are often drawn to the hobby due to their extravagant and long fins.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.