A primarily crepuscular fish, this little lion is a bit more reclusive, preferring to remain in caves and crevices throughout the day, becoming more active under dim lighting. They can be trained, however, to venture out when the lights are on as a learned response to a feeding routine. In time, they will be swimming with the other fish, when looking for a hand out. Their hunting behavior involves shaking of the head to and fro and fanning the dorsal spines in a rhythmic, undulating pattern. Like other lionfish, they also spread and shake their pectoral fins in an effort to confuse and corral their prey. They have one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing hunting displays I have witnessed. Its natural diet is shrimp and small benthic fish. They are notoriously hard at being weaned from live to frozen fare. Some never convert at all and must be fed live food their entire lives.
Their small size makes them perfect for the smaller “aggressive” aquarium, however, special attention must be paid to potential food competitors until they settle and become bolder. This species is not as common as some of the other dwarf lions, but is occasionally available.
A Fu Manchu can be harder to train to frozen foods, when compared to most all of the other lions. A training tank can be of utmost importance assist in this endeavor.
Watch the videos within this page to get feel for how fast a healthy Fu gills.