Potential owners should ideally replicate the rocky habitat which the species inhabits in the wild and, if caves and overhangs can be provided, the fish will often lurk underneath them in an upside-down position. However, they still need a fair amount of room and are by no means suitable for nano aquaria. Although it isn’t generally outright aggressive in the aquarium accidents do happen, primarily through careless handling or inattentive maintenance. Lighting can be subdued. If they pick up undesirable stowaways, they simply shed the outer layer of their cuticle. Sign up to receive our email newsletters and saved shopping basket notifications and receive all our latest fishkeeping news, special offers and personalised product recommendations direct to your inbox. Well filtered water with a decent current is essential. GB 638 3492 15, Copyright © 2020 Warners Group Publications Plc. Dendrochirus brachypterus.
FLASH SALE- NOVEMBER 2020 ISSUE NOW JUST £2 AND FREE UK DELIVERY! Consider 150 l/33 gal as the minimum volume to comfortably house a single adult. Dwarf lionfish can be housed in smaller aquaria than larger cousins of the family Scorpionidae. New TMC Reef Pumps with two exclusive lines to us, Thinking about a new pond? The lionfish was approximately an inch long when I bought it; it is now going on 3 inches and may grow to a maximum of 7 inches. At all costs, stay away from a diet of freshwater goldfish, guppies, or minnows. Upon perusing the pet store, I came upon a tiny fuzzy dwarf lionfish Dendrochirus brachypterus, and like every good saltwater hobbyist, I researched, and then bought it. Profile; Name: Yellow Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (View AKA's) Family: Scorpaenidae; Species: Lionfish; Scientific Name: Dendrochirus brachypterus; Vote for Favorite Photo Upload a New Photo. Tankmates should be chosen with care, as small fish and shrimp will be eaten, yet the Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish is easily harassed by larger, more belligerent species which may prevent it from getting its fair share of food. With this fish being half the size of my cinnamon clown and one-spot foxface rabbitfish, I decided my fish were surely out of danger. Morays, triggers, puffers and other large specimens may harass it, so choosing compatible species is critical.
It naturally inhabits shallow coastal areas, favouring weed-encrusted rocky outcrops and caves in which it can ambush small crustaceans. See the full article on TFH Digital http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/200804/#pg122.
They are hardy, disease resistant, and easily weaned onto prepared foods. The Fuzzy dwarf lionfish’s scientific name Dendrochirus brachypterus comes from a quite a mash-up of Latin and Greek terms, and together means ‘tree hand.’ Dendrochirus refers to its branched pectoral fin rays, and ‘short wing,’ with brachypterus describing the relatively stubby appearance of … Most on offer, however, exhibit a far more subdued coloration. They are known to be dioecious —the sexes being separate — with the male and female taking part in a relatively simple spawning ritual. It grows to around 15cm/6” in length and there are several geographic colour variants — ranging from a deep red morph, through to a rare silver and orange form with striking yellow pectoral and dorsal fins. Of course, in the same way that some people are allergic to wasp or bee stings, a person can have a severe reaction to lionfish stings. Fortunately I have never been stung by my lionfish, but I discovered that the stings are similar to a bad wasp or bee sting.