Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish


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 30 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.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 7"
Color Form: Black, Red, White
Venomous: Venomous
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Scorpaenidae

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bobalob September 24, 2008 at 6:32 am

i have recently taken the step and up-graded from freshwater, to a marine set-up. although i am resonably experienced with freshwater i am a complete novice when it comes to marine set-ups. i have just purchased a large nano-cube of 40l (10.5 US gallons) and quite fancy a fuzzy dwarf lionfish. this creates a dilema for me as i am torn between the lionfish or a community tank (percula clown, firefish, damsels etc) which choice would be best for my situation and if possible compatible tank mates for the lionfish? bearing in mind my in-experience and tank size. any input greatly appreciated

Frog September 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I have no eaperience with this fish however, Bobalob, the dwarf fuzzy lion fish is the answer to your problems, as it is safe for the most part except for any invertabrates or fish that are small enough to fit in it’s mouth…

Rita McDaniel April 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

New to salt water/reef tank. I got our 1st one for my husband for Valentine’s Day 2010. We killed off the ENTIRE first batch & was almost ready to just stop there. Since then, we’ve lost a few more but are still learning & loving it. We’ve currently got a pink starfish, a fuzzy peach starfish, a diamond back goby, and some crabs/snails.

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