Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: The Flame Hawkfish originates from Fiji, Tahiti and the central Pacific. Hawkfish are extremely personable and fun to watch as they “hop” and perch around the aquarium. This behavior is due to their lack of a swim bladder that would otherwise enable them to continually swim in the water column like many of their tank-mates. The Flame hawkfish is a brilliant red color, with a black circle around each eye and a black line across the dorsal side of its body. An adult Flame hawkfish can reach a size of approximately 4″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild Flame hawkfish are carnivores. A diet consisting of various proteins and frozen preparations such as brine shrimp, squid, and mysis shrimp will maintain optimal health and coloration.
Care Requirements: A minimum 55 gallon aquarium with a tight lid is ideal, as some hawkfish have been known to jump. Hawkfish enjoy a variety of rock work and crevices to take refuge and perch on. Keeping a single hawkfish species per aquarium is recommended. Hawkfish can sometimes harass other fish that behave similarily (i.e., other fish that lack swim bladders such as blennies). Flame hawkfish are an excellent addition to a reef aquarium when conditions are proper; take caution with small invertebrates (namely shrimp or crabs) that could become prey. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 3/4″ to 1-1/4″; Medium: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Large: 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.