Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Orangebanded Stingfish
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Orangebanded Stingfish
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Orangebanded Stingfish (Choridactylus multibarbus)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
Care Level Moderate
Temperament Aggressive
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 5"
Color Form Orange, Tan
Venomous Yes
Diet Carnivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Indonesia, Maldives
Family Scorpaenidae
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Hobbyists looking for an envy-inducing oddball for the venomous aquarium will find a truly unique specimen in the Orangebanded Stingfish.

Able to bury itself in ambush up to its high-set eyes, what truly sets this well-camouflaged fish apart are its pectoral rays which resemble "claws." The Orangebanded Stingfish uses these for both prey capture and locomotion across the muddy sea floor.

Provide a 50-gallon or larger aquarium with enough substrate for the Orangebanded Stingfish to bury itself. Since they are carnivorous hunters, only house with other fish that won't make tempting prey for their large vacuum-like mouths.

Choridactylus multibarbus is known to adapt to prepared foods fairly well. Begin with live ghost shrimp and wean to frozen/thawed mysis shrimp.

Dorsal, pelvic, and anal spines should be avoided as they are capable of delivering a painful and potentially harmful sting.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" - 2" Medium 2" - 3" Large 3" - 4"

Customer Testimonials

Greg H Torrance , CA
I collect Scorpionfish, and this fish is certainly one of my all-time favorites. It is simply "off-the-hook" in terms of appearance as well as locomotion (when is the last time your fish WALKED?). Mine is peaceful and easy to care for, especially once it is weaned onto frozen fare (PE mysis is a staple now). If you like oddball fish, look no further.
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