Yellow Spotted Scorpionfish
Scientific Name: Sebastapistes cyanostigma
Reef Compatibility: With Caution (will eat invertebrates)
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gal
Max Size: 3”
Notes: These fish are voracious predators. Most species will wait for potential prey to come close before snatching it for a meal. Some, like the popular Volitan Lionfish, may actively stalk their prey. Lionfish and Scorpionfish can be fed a variety of frozen and prepared meaty foods like shrimp, clams, scallops, krill and other similar foods, but some may need live food like small feeder fish or ghost shrimp to trigger a feeding response.
The venomous spines of lionfish and other scorpionfish are used exclusively for defense.The potency of the venom varies by species, and effects can range from a strong irritation to very painful or even life-threatening reaction. Most stings in the aquarium happen accidentally, a result of the aquarist making contact with the spines while maintaining the tank. Feeding any animals in the tank by hand can increase the risk of being stung and is not recommended.
Always be aware of where your lionfish or scorpionfish is when working in your aquarium, and seek medical attention immediately if a sting should occur.