Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish - Dendrochirus brachypterus The Fuzzy dwarf lionfish is also known as shortfin lionfish or dwarf lionfish. It has red ,white and black vertical stripes along the body; large, fan like pectoral fins and tall quill like dorsal fins. These few characterstics it shares with Dwarf zebra lionfish. The Fuzzy dwarf lionfish is probably the best of the dwarf lions that one can keep in the aquarium mainly because ,they are hardy , disease resistant, readily weaned onto prepared foods, and are actively swimming lionfish. The Fuzzy dwarf lionfish have a unique fuzzy texture to their scales and possess semi-circular pectoral fins that are decorated with stripes and patterns. The fin rays are short and connected with solid webbing. During the day, D. brachypterus tend to hang upside down in caves or on soft corals. During the dawn/dusk periods, dwarf fuzzy lionfish become very active and swim about in search of food. The Fuzzy dwarf lionfish come in three-color varieties: drab brownish, beautiful reddish, and a rare yellow form. Adult male Fuzzy dwarf lionfish are readily identified by having a larger head, longer pectoral fins, and have between 6 to 10 bands (or stripes) on their pectoral fins. Female Fuzzy dwarf lionfish have only 4 to 6 stripes. In the wild, Dwarf fuzzy lions live singly or in groups of three to 10 individuals, but in a large home aquarium (100 gallons or greater) it is possible to keep a large dominant male and several females. In smaller tanks only one specimen is recommended as Dwarf fuzzy lions will harass conspecifics within a size-limited tank habitat. Maximum Size:
This species grows up to 7 inches in length. General Size:
This Fuzzy dwarf lionfish is about four to five inches in length. Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
A 30 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Fuzzy dwarf lionfish. Tank Conditions:
The Fuzzy dwarf lionfish should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023. Habitat:
The Fuzzy dwarf lionfish occurs on coral reefs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia, the Fuzzy dwarf lionfish is known from central to north-western Western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef south to northern New South Wales and in region of maldeves islands. Feeding and Diet:
The Dwarf zebra lionfish diet consist of meaty foods such as live shrimps,live fishes and sometimes crustacean flesh. They are carnivorous.