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Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

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Dendrochirus brachypterus

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variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image
provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Color Form: Black, Red,

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: With

Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025

Max. Size: 7"

Venomous: Yes

Origin: Africa,

Family: Scorpaenidae

Minimum Tank Size: 50


The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish, is also called the Shortfin
Lionfish or simply the Dwarf Lionfish. It has red, white, and black vertical
stripes along the body with large, fan-like pectoral fins and tall, quill-like
dorsal fins. The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish is appropriately named because of its
full fins. Dendrochirus zebra may also be called the Dwarf Lionfish.

A 50 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding
places is suitable. It will hide while acclimating to its new environment. The
top spines are venomous, causing reactions similar to a bee sting. The Fuzzy
Dwarf Lionfish is a personable fish that quickly recognizes and responds to its
owners presence.


When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater
feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. The Dwarf Lionfish
diet consists of meaty foods such as live shrimp (including ornamental shrimp),
live fish, and sometimes, crustacean flesh.