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Hawkfish

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Hawkfish are considered reef safe with caution because they might eat smaller shrimp, fish and crustaceans.  Due to their aggressive nature, they often harass smaller or peaceful fish (especially small bottom dwelling blennies and gobies, or fish introduced afterwards).  It spends much of its time perching on and swimming within branching corals.  A well fitting top is recommended.

 

The Hawkfish should be fed a varied diet including frozen marine fish food and live feeder shrimp.

 

Two Spot Hawkfish (Amblycirrhites bimacula)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Moderate

Reef Compatible: With Caution
Origin: Tahiti

 

Falco Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Reef Compatible: With Caution

Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia

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Pixy Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus) a.k.a. Spotted Hawkfish

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Aggressive

Reef Compatible: With Caution

Origin: Central America, Indonesia

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Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus) a.k.a. Brilliant Hawkfish

Max Size: 4"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Reef Compatible: With Caution

Origin: Tahiti

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Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)

Max Size: 5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Origin: Central America, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sumatra

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Blood Red Hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus)

Max Size: 5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Aggressive

Reef Compatible: With Caution

Origin: Christmas Island

 

Red Hawkfish (Cyprinocirrhites polyactis)

Max Size: 6"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Semi-ggressive

Reef Compatible: With Caution

Origin: Indonesia, Maldives, New Caledonia

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Saltwater Fish Index

 

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