Aquarium Fish

Fu Manchu Lionfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Fu Manchu Lionfish
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The Fu Manchu Lionfish, also known as the Twinspot Lionfish, or Ocellated Lionfish, has red, white, and black vertical stripes along the body. It has large, fan-like pectoral fins, and tall, quill-like dorsal fins. It is unique from other Lionfish because of the two, feeler-like appendages on the chin.

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, only stronger.

The Fu Manchu Lionfish diet consists of meaty foods such as live shrimp (including ornamental shrimp), live fish, and sometimes, crustacean flesh.

Like other lionfish and scorpionfish, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Boxfish, Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Puffers and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Fu Manchu Lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)

Family: Scorpaenidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Venomous: Yes

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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