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"Ladies and Gents I'm new to this site, and while surfing it, ran into this comment: Just took back my medium/small lion. I was very aware that it'd eat anything it could fit in its mouth. What I didn't realize is just how big a fish that was. It will easlily swallow a fish a third its size, sometimes bigger. If the fish is too long to swallow right away, it will sit around with the fish's tale sticking out of its mouth until it can make room in it's belly. I also thought I could distract my lion by feeding it a large silverside just before I added a Diamond Goby that was borderline too small for my tank. Had no effect on my Lion's appetite. Went hunting immediately and had swallowed him by the next day. His stomach was so big that he didn't move for two days. I reluctantly decided to take him back to allow for smaller fish. If you don't mind having a size limit for fish in your tank, this is an awesome fish, and was one of my favorites until it started eating expensive fish. Keep in mind they grow extremely large, and fast if fed well. Also, don't feed feeder goldfish. They don't have the nutrition needed and can sometimes choke your lion. Chad 2006-12-13 Response: Now I have a beautiful Red Volitan Lionfish about 10in or so in lenght I have him with a 24in or so Dragon Eel a 15in or so Bamboo Banded Shark and an 6in Silver Snapper So far all is well I have 175gl Tank and he has not eaten or had any issues with the fishes in the tank; matter of fact he can be hand fed and he is quite tame, I'm guessing the person that wrote about his Lion eating huge fish might be a little far-fetched I mean they are known to be predators or what not but eating fishes 1/3 thier size is hard to believe with that said Thank you. Nestor"
"Nestor Juan Chanfrau"

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