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Falco Hawkfish
Cirrhitichthys falco
Falco Hawkfish
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Size: 1-3 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Meaty, variety
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe: Monitor with small shrimp
Minimum Tank Size: 40 Gallons
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The Falco Hawkfish is named due to its habit of perching on coral, from which it swoops out and snags its prey. Generally, many of the hawkfish is considered an unsociable fish for its aggressive or predatory nature, unlike this Falco Hawkfish. The falco hawkfish is considered the least aggressive and predatory hawkfish. The Falco Hawkfish is a personable little fish that can be considered by neophyte and experienced aquarist as well. Due to its durability and beautiful color pattern, the Falco Hawkfish makes a wonderful fish in any tank. It might get chased and nipped at by dottybacks, other hawkfish, damselfish and larger sand perches, so it should not be housed with these fishes. The aquarium should contain many hiding places, and live stony and soft coral colonies. The Falco Hawkfish may jump from an aquarium so it should be kept in a tank with a covered lid over it to avoid any unnecessary accidents. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and grows up to 2 inches in size. Being a passive fish, it makes a great addition to any reef tank and a reef safe organism as well.
Falco Hawkfish
This guy was roaming around the rocks and exploring the moment we put him in. Very active and adorable. He shares rock perches with the lawnmower blenny. We have lots of small crabs and snails and he hasn't given any of them a second glance. The amphipods on the other hand...I guess they're too tasty to resist. ;)
Reviewed by:  Emily Huang from Reno. on 2/14/2014
Also known as a Spotted Hawkfish.The family of Hawkfish are a group of bottom dwelling fish that lack swim bladders. This causes these fish to find areas of coral, sea fans, and rock where they can perch and wait for food to float by. They have a curious nature and their eyes will usually follow you wherever you go.Provide rockwork for this hawkfish to perch on. This hawkfish will also perch on coral heads, and may cause slight damage to the coral from resting on it.In its natural habitat this fish eats small shrimp and crabs, but also may eat small fish. Don't be fooled by the small size of this fish, its mouth opens wider than you think! Keep with fish of similar size or larger.Offer enriched mysis, frozen carnivore diet, finely chopped shrimp and clam.Photo by saltwaterfish.com member socal57che
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