Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: The Longnose Hawkfish is a widespread species throughout the Pacific Ocean, from Central America to Indonesia. 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 Longnose hawkfish has a white body with vertical and horizontal red lines, and an elongated jaw that makes it stand out from all of the other hawkfish species. An adult Longnose hawkfish can reach a size of approximately 5″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild Longnose 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; the Longnose hawkfish particularily like Red Sea Fans or similar decor for camoflauge. While considered semi-aggressive, Longnose hawkfish will get overpowered by other hawkfish. 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). Longnose hawkfish are an excellent addition to a reef aquarium when conditions are proper; take caution with small invertebrates (namely shrimp) 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: 2″ to 2-1/4″; Medium: 2-1/2″ to 3″; Large: 3″ to 4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.