Dendrochirus zebra is known as the Zebra 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.
A 50 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. To treat the sting, soak the affected area in hot water (100-110º F).
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.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Large: 2-1/2" to 4"
Chris K Murrieta, CA
I have had this fish for a week and it would not eat until I gave him some ghost shrimp. He chowed down, and now I'm trying to get him to eat somethng else. I love this fish.
This is definitely the coolest little fish ever! He is almost a perfect, miniature replica of the large lions that people love to watch in big tanks. For his tiny size, he packs a big punch! Just beautiful!
Can be very timid, but when he swims out from behind the rocks he is very graceful. He is fun to watch eat because
he "stalks" his prey (he loves small frozen feeder fish). When he strikes, he is lightning fast and eats the fish whole.
Took over a year to get him to eat frozen food, besides that he is very social. Any time someone comes to the front of the tank he shows off trying to get food. The pictures on here don't do this beautiful fish justice.