Origin / Habitat : Red Sea and the Pacific Ocean
Temperament / Behavior : They are not usually overtly aggressive and can make decent tank mates with fish of the same or larger size. They are hard wired to go after smaller fish and invertebrates such as shrimps. They should be kept in a semi-aggressive tank and should probably be left out of the community tank.
Breeding / Mating / Reproduction : The only reported successes have been in a few public aquariums.
Tank Size : 30 gallon minimum for the dwarf varieties, 55 gallon for the common (pterois).
Compatible Tank Mates : Avoid keeping them in an aquarium with smaller fish which they may view as a snack.
Reef Tank Compatible? : Not a good choice because of the pristine water conditions required in a reef aquarium setup. They can introduce large amounts of waste and they are predators that will go after and eat smaller fish and possibly .
Fish Disease : - Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment
Diet / Fish Food : Primarily a carnivore and prefers live foods. Try to get them on frozen or fresh foods quickly.
Tank Region : Middle to bottom
Gender : Difficult to determine
Care Level : Easy to moderate, needs a good to keep wastes at a minimum.
Life span : 10 - 12 years, possibly longer
Size : The common variety can get to be 12 inches (30 cm) or larger. Dwarf varieties usually get to be about 6 inches (15 cm)
pH : 8.1 - 8.4
Temperature : 74°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C)
Specific Gravity : 1.020 - 1.025
Carbonate Hardness (dKH) : 8 - 12°