This fish has extraordinary wart-like growths on its head which look out of proportion to the rest of it. These growths should be symmetrical for it to be of value. The Lionhead is like an Oranda but has no dorsal fin; the caudal fin is small and rounded, and the pelvic, anal and pectoral fins are rounded. The fish can either be scaled and metallic-looking or it can have transparent scales that give an opalescent effect. Usually it is red. Watch for poor health.
In winter keep the Lionhead in an indoor aquarium protected from frost; the water should be 13°C (55°F) for it to be active. The Lionhead is a slow swimmer and should be kept with other slow fish so that they have equal opportunities to find and eat food.