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Vespicula depressifrons - "Waspfish"

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Picture is of one of two of the wasp fish I recieved from the vendor. Picture was taken by him as well. He is indeed poisonous. The front three dorsal fin spikes. He is an ambush predator that sits at the bottom waiting for prey to swim by.

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Oh... I didn't see this earlier!

 

That's a cute and unususual fish! He looks somewhat like a scorpionfish; is this species freshwater or marine? I'm assuming freshwater, and I must admit I've never seen much about these before.

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Hes freshwater/brackish. I'm assuming that like some puffers they become fully brackish when they mature. They swim around a little, but basically sit and wait for prey. They are finicky eaters so I'm trying to work past that. All my preds eat only prepped foods I'm I hope to do the same with him though it may be a bit harder. With my others I could rely on their speed and the fact that they would nail anything that hit the water. This helped me throw in shrimp and get them to eat it. They would think it was the feeder goldfish I was throwing in and have it eaten before they figured out they were duped. :lol: The wasps on the other hand are sedentary slow fish that will pose a bit of a challenge but I'm up for it.:)

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;) I know what you mean. Both marine and freshwater predatory fish which I kept in the past, such as groupers, snappers, cichlids etc, knew how to "wait" for their food after a while, and would strike and swallow anything I threw in after that, being more active hunters. But these sedentary species are more difficult to "convince". Still, I'll say you'll probably succeed, so good luck!

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That is a super nice looking fish.......I like the predatory species......we get in the Leaffish from time to time of different species......I Love Em!

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Very nice! are these related to toad/stone fish? I once caught a strange looking fish, I think it is called a bat fish that resembled yours; but was even stranger looking.

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Very nice! are these related to toad/stone fish? I once caught a strange looking fish, I think it is called a bat fish that resembled yours; but was even stranger looking.

 

 

I can say with a large degree of certainty that they are in the same family as lion fish of which there is a Fresh water variety. I'm not certain of the stone fish. I'll check. I did own a FW toadfish a while ago. It was the equivelent of decor that ate food. LOL

 

Thank you everyone.:blink:

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What an awesome fish!!! Love that fish!!! Do you have much information on the venom?

 

Its a very colorful and attractive fish thats for sure!!!

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What an awesome fish!!! Love that fish!!! Do you have much information on the venom?

 

Its a very colorful and attractive fish thats for sure!!!

 

I've been looking for info on the venom. I'm quite interested as well. :lol:

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Congratulations on your venomous addition. It looks very siumilar to a SW species.

 

What part of he fish is venomous and what are the ill-effects of getting "stung"?

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Hmm I believe they're in the family Scorpaenidae, along with marine scorpionfish and the lionfish, as well as the stonefish. Although some place the stonefish in a separate family (can't remember what or where I read that). The frogfish are in the anglerfish group, family Antennariidae (if I remember rightly, I don't think they're venomous!)

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What a cool looking Wasp Fish!!...I haven't seen one of those in years!..Very attractive animal!

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YESSS! I haven't been able to find those in a long time. years actually. The last time i had a couple, i bought them under the name "butterfly goby", they were marked as venomous, but i knew they weren't a goby. and by the time i found out they were brackish/marine well, it was too late. they don't much care for straight freshwater, at least mine didn't. any idea where i can get a couple and how big they get as adults???

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Hes freshwater/brackish. I'm assuming that like some puffers they become fully brackish when they mature. They swim around a little, but basically sit and wait for prey. They are finicky eaters so I'm trying to work past that. All my preds eat only prepped foods I'm I hope to do the same with him though it may be a bit harder. With my others I could rely on their speed and the fact that they would nail anything that hit the water. This helped me throw in shrimp and get them to eat it. They would think it was the feeder goldfish I was throwing in and have it eaten before they figured out they were duped. :) The wasps on the other hand are sedentary slow fish that will pose a bit of a challenge but I'm up for it.:P

 

 

how big do they get? do you think it could live comunally with puffers and a moray?

 

*edit: i guess this was a pretty dumb question. my puffers are nippy, especially my figure 8's. they would probably try to nip his fin and this thing would destroy them.

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