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Fu Manchu Lionfish - Dendrochirus biocellatus - Fu Manchu Lion Fish - Twinspot Lionfish

Fu Manchu Lionfish - Dendrochirus biocellatus - Fu Manchu Lion Fish - Twinspot Lionfish
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Care level:
Moderate, but Venomous
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Minimum tank size:
20 Gallon
Maximum size:
3.9 inches
Reef compatibility:
Yes, with Caution
Carnivore, Live Shrimp, Meaty
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The Fu manchu lionfish is 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.

The Fu Manchu lionfish is a diminutive lionfish that can be readily identified by two large whiskers that protrude from either side of its mouth. The fish is red-orange with blackish specks. The two solid pectoral fins resemble fans from a Spanish Dancer, and are circular with the lower fin rays forming angular points. This fish is a poor swimmer; instead, it tends to scurry across the substrate and will occasionally hop.

The Fu Manchu lionfish are one of the more aggressive lionfish towards same species fish. What is remarkable with Fu Manchu lionfish is their prey stalking behavior. Once a prey item has been identified, the fish will approach and begin to shake its head and gill covers from side-to-side. When in capture range of the food item, the lionfish will begin to rhythmically twitch its dorsal spines back-and-forth, and as it readies to gulp the prey item, it vibrates the lower portions of its pectoral fins.

The Fu Manchu lionfish is one of the more difficult lionfish to keep in the home aquarium because they ship very poorly and they don't readily wean from live to prepared food.

Maximum Size: This species grows to 6 inches in length.

General Size: This Fu manchu lionfish is about four inches in length.

Minimum Tank Size Suggested: A 30 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Fu Manchu lionfish.

Tank Conditions: The Fu manchu 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 Fu Manchu lionfish occurs on coral reefs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

In Australia, the Fu manchu 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.

Feeding and Diet: The Fu manchu lionfish diet consist of meaty foods such as live shrimps,live fishes and sometimes crustacean flesh. They are carnivorous.

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