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Saltwater Aquarium Hawk Fish

 
   
Hawkfish are strictly tropical marine fish of the family Cirrhitidae. Associated with the coral reefs of the western and eastern Atlantic and Indo-Pacific, the hawkfish family contains 12 genera and 32 species. The vibrant colours exhibited by most hawkfish have won them popularity in the aquarium hobby, aided by the fishes' reputation for unproblematic upkeep and easy acclimation to tank life. Popularly kept species include the longnose hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus), coloured in a red and pink crosshatch pattern, and the flame hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus). Most hawkfish are solitary in nature but some will form pairs and share a head of coral. Other species form harems of up to seven females dominated by a larger male.

 Flame Hawkfish
Neocirrhites armatus (Hawaii)

Description: The most popular of all Hawkfish. The Flamehawk is bright red with black mascara around the eye and a black line along the back. This species will pearch in a favorite spot, occasionally roaming up to a few spots in the tank. They adapt well to aquarium life and generally learn to accept food quickly. This species is one of the least aggressive Hawkfishes, but may be aggressive toward smaller, passive fishes. Provide with structures to perch on and nooks and crannies to hide in (in nature it lives within branching coral heads).
Recommended Tank size: requires a 30 gallon or larger aquarium
Food and diet:Carnivorous, feeds on bottom-dwelling invertebrates and zooplankton. Provide a varied diet that includes preparations for carnivore.
Reef Compatability: With Caution. Hawkfish will not bother corals, but may eat feather duster feeding tentacles and small invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2-1/2"

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Long Nose Hawkfish
Oxycirrhites typus
 
Description: This wonderful fish has a red checkerboard pattern on its white body. The nose is very long and apparently used to locate its prey from reef crevices. This is one of the least aggressive a hawkfish, and easily the most distinctive. Keep on one per tank, unless you have a very large aquarium. Provide with structures to perch on (it really likes gorgonians and black corals) and nooks and crannies to hide in. Generally very easy to care for.
Recommended Tank size: requires a 20 gallon or larger aquarium
Food and diet:Carnivorous, feeds on bottom-dwelling invertebrates and zooplankton.
Reef Compatability: With Caution. Hawkfish will not bother corals, but may eat feather duster feeding tentacles and small invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 1-1/4" to 2-3/4"; Large: 2-3/4" to 4"

Medium $39.99 Large $49.99
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 Arceye Hawk
Paracirrhitus arcuatus
 
Description: The Arceye Hawkfish is orangish-pink with a white line down the body and a bright orange ring, with a bluish border around the back of the eye. This species is an excellent choice for an aggressive community setting. This species is bold and predatory. Do not keep it with fish equal to, or smaller than its own length, because it can (and will) swallow them. Keep only one per tank unless you have a very large aquarium. Provide with structures to perch on and nooks and crannies to hide in.Most specimens are around 2" to 4".
Recommended Tank size: minimum 20 gallon
Food and diet:Carnivorous, feeds on bottom-dwelling invertebrates and zooplankton. Provide a varied diet including preparations for carnivores
Reef Compatability: With Caution. Hawkfish will not bother corals, but may eat feather duster feeding tentacles and small invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 1-1/2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"
Medium $39.99 Large $49.99
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Falco Hawkfish
Cirrhitichthys falco

One of my favourite little fish is the Falco Dwarf Hawkfish.
They are famously cute and great in any size aquarium.
 
Description: If you like smaller more hawkfish, this is one of the more desirable species since it is smaller and less of a threat to its tankmates. The Falco Hawkfish or Dwarf Hawkfish is one of the most popular hawkfish for the home saltwater aquarium. Most specimens are around 2". This species has spots that form bars on the side of the body and lines on the underside of the head. They have very intricate and colorful markings. Although hard to see in the photo, they have bright yellow tufts (typical of hawkfish) on the dorsal fin rays. Hawkfish are among the easiest to keep saltwater aquarium fish and the Falco Dwarf Hawkfish are very easy to keep.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 30 gallon
Food and diet:The hawkfish are carnivores. They do well on a diet which includes all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. We generally feed freeze dried krill, squid, shrimp (the same kind people eat), mussels, and all kinds of chopped up fish
Reef Compatability: With Caution. Hawkfish will not bother corals, but may eat feather duster feeding tentacles and small invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" to 2" Medium 2" to 3" Large 3" to 4"
Small $19.99 Medium $29.99 Large $39.99
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Freckled Hawkfish
Paracirrhites forsteri
 
Description: This larger species is very hardy and and excellent choice for an aggressive community setting. This is bold and predatory species. Do not keep it with fish equal to, or smaller than its own length, because it will swallow them. Larger specimens make great great show pieces in a large, bold comminity aquarium. Keep only one per tank unless you have a very large aquarium. Provide with structures to perch on and nooks and crannies to hide in.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 70 gallon
Food and diet:Carnivorous, feeds on bottom-dwelling invertebrates and zooplankton. Provide a varied diet including preparations for carnivores
Reef Compatability: With Caution. Hawkfish will not bother corals, but may eat feather duster feeding tentacles and small invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"
Small $49.99 Medium $59.99 Large $69.99
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Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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