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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: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

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Long Nose Hawkfish
Oxycirrhites typus
Indonesia
 
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: 2-3/4" to 4"

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Geometric Pygmy Perchlet
Plectranthias Inermis
Inedonesia
Description: The Geometric Pygmy Perchlet also called the Hi Fin Perchlet went from unknown to the trade to mega popular in record time. Discovered in the rubble beds of Cebu and often found among plate corals (fungia sp.), Scientists say though the Geometric although looking like a Hawkfish species, are definitely NOT. They are actually in the Anthiinae subfamily like many other popular Anthias . The perfect Nano reef aquarium fish, it attains a maximum length of only about 2 inches, and its very easy to care for. Both colorful and animated,

Recommended Tank size: minimum 10 gallon

Food and diet:Carnivorous, feeds on zooplankton. Feed mysid shrimp and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp preferably twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent reef fish!

Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Arrival Size: .1" to 2"

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Pixie Hawkfish
Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus
Tonga/Fiji

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 Pixie Hawkfish also called the Spotted Hawkfish or Coral Hawkfish is one of the most popular hawkfish for the home saltwater aquarium. 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: 1" to 2-1/2"

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Lyretail Hawkfish
Cirrhitichthys polyactus
Indonesia
 
Description: The Lyretail Hawkfish is also known as the Red Hawkfish or the Soaring Hawkfish, or the Swallowtail Hawkfish. It is well known for its mottled orange to red body and red lyre-shaped tail. The species sports numerous short filaments at the tip of each dorsal spine and has a greatly elongated first dorsal ray in between the dorsal fin, long lower pectoral rays and a lunate caudal fin with filamentous upper an lower rays. Varying from pink to brown in color, the Red Hawkfish differs from the other Australian species by its shorter snout and lunate caudal fin.

The Red Hawkfish is found extensively in tropical and warm temperate marine waters of the Indo-West side of the Pacific Ocean as well as in the western side of Australia from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to southern New South Wales.

Recommended Tank size: The Red Hawkfish can thrive in a fish-only 20 gallon aquarium, rocky environment with plenty of corals to serve as perches; however, space and fairly clean water is a necessity for this species’ survival.

Food and diet: Carnivorous and open to any meaty offerings, the Red Hawkfish easily adapts to a wide range of aquarium foods though smaller tank-mates also make for it a sumptuous diet. That includes other smaller fishes, crabs, shrimps and snails and this is where the wide mouth of this species comes handy. Planktonic crustaceans also make a much-preferred diet for the Red Hawkfish.

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: 2" to 2-1/2"
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Falco Hawkfish
Cirrhitichthys falco
Fiji

Description: The Falco’s hawkfish is a lovely, personable little fish that should be considered by the neophyte and experienced aquarist alike. Like all of the hawkfish species, Cirrhitichthys falco has cirri (hairlike projections) around the nostrils and on the dorsal fin. The Falco reaches a maximum length of around 3 inches. The Falco’s hawkfish is a fairly showy fish that will pounce from perch to perch, in full view, as it watches for food. The Falco’s hawkfish will quickly learn to beg at the water’s surface and will even take food from the hobbyist’s fingers.

The Falco’s hawkfish is found from the Maldives east to Samoa. The Falco’s hawkfish is found at depths of 13 to 150 feet on coral-rich patch reefs and reef faces. Rather than perching on top of coral heads, they are more often found at the base of coral colonies or patch reefs.

Compatibility: Cirrhitichthys falco is one of the least aggressive and less predatory members of the family. As a result, the Falco’s hawkfish will fit into a wider range of community aquariums. In smaller aquariums it may pick on cardinalfish, gobies and dartfish, but in a larger aquarium, it rarely bothers these species. The Falco’s hawkfish may feed on nano-gobies and has also been known to attack crustaceans (especially more diminutive shrimp) during or just after molting. Falco’s hawkfish is not immune to being picked on. They are subject to being chased and nipped at by dottybacks, other hawkfish, damselfish and larger sand perches. The Falco’s hawkfish may also be targeted by piscivores, such as lizardfish, frogfish, scorpionfish, groupers and snappers.

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: 2" to 3-1/2"

$29.99
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