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Old April 4th, 2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question Venomous Fish

Do you need a license to keep venomous fish?
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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #2
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There are plenty of venomous fish I am aware of that do not need a licence.
In salt water there are atleast a couple I can think of off the top of my head.
There is a lionfish, coral cats, fox face, blue ring octopus,jelly fish, anemones, even a black long spine sea urchin all venomous, even the stonefish the most venomous fish in the world, and no licence is required.
This still means extreme caution should be used when caring for these. They are still very dangerous.
There are actually more venomous fish in the world then snakes.
I am sure they may be some fish that do need a permit, but I can't think of any.
Yet there are licences needed for non venomous fish such as a piranna. go figure
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Old April 6th, 2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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haha ( I can laugh at it now), I remember buying a scorpion fish from a place once, he was in the same tank as the lawnmover blenny and we thought that maybe one is a male and the other a female. Upon closer inspection in my show tank, I realized it was a scorpion fish . I was scared as hell to put my hands in the tank after reading some horror stories online. Needless to say this guy was enjoying his diet which cosisted of taking all my hermits and snails out, one at a time. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for me (somewhat) I had gotten an ick problem which wiped out the scorpion fish along with my favorite at the time powder blue tang. Oh well, I was just glad he was gone and I could put my hands in there to fix things up.

Anyhow, you don't need a permit, you just need to be very careful and know what to do in the event you get stung in your hands/arms. The solution which seems counterintuitive to most is to put your hand/arm under the hottest water you can withstand and keep it there for a while without of course getting yourself burned. The heat tends to neutralize the toxin; you'd still might have to visit the ER if where you got stung doesn't look like its getting any better.
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Old April 6th, 2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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Is there a website that you can recommend that specializes in Venomous Fish so I can learn more about them before I get myself in trouble??
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