One additional question to you, or anyone else...
I was just reading some good info on lionfish (The Lionfish Info Sheet: Captive Care and Home Husbandry by Frank Marini, Ph.D. - Reefkeeping.com
) looking for some tips on how to get mine off of live feeder fish. To the point, this article states that feeding freshwater live foods is not very good for saltwater fish because they lack the usual saltwater food chemistry needed (e.g. freshwater fish are fatty and saltwater fish need a different types of fats to remain healty).
So, my plan is to follow the instructions in this article and begin offering my tank live ghost shrimp. I can get them easily and cheaply and feed them marine flake food. At the place I can get the shrimps, I can also pick up another apple snail. At the moment, I am running a 10 gallon fish tank for rosy red minnows for my feeders. I could just put the two snails in this tank and wait for the free food to start flowing.
So I am wondering if I am feeding apple snail babies (I dont know what else to call them) to my saltwater tank for the puffer to wear his teeth or beak on, then I am not really concerned with the nutritional value, am I?
I am also wondering if it is possible to find, raise, and breed live silver sides (or lancefish) in a small 10 gallon tank (saltwater, of course). The problem I am going to have is that my lionfish, as with most, is not interested in anything that is not moving around or apparently alive. I have frozen silversides right now in my freezer, but they seem to big and are not whole in most cases so I cannot 'fake' it for my fish to be interested.
So, I guess I need some help, hints, or tips on getting my lionfish off of live foods. My snowflake moray eel wont even look at a live fish and redily takes the krill I offer. My puffer fish is also easy to accept krill, but seeing as how I have to put live food in the tank for the lionfish, it gets the occasional rosy red. It is way to fast for me to try to control or keep away from the minnows.