The Freckled Hawkfish is commonly referred as Forster?s Hawkfish, Blackside hawkfish, Freckle Faced Hawkfish. It grows up to a maximum size of 12 inches but is much smaller when imported, and is hardy. The Freckled hawk is a disease resistant fish. The Freckled Hawkfish should be kept in a tank not less than 30 gallons, because it is aggressive and territorial it needs its own place to establish its territory. Since it eats ornamental crustaceans and small fish but not the corals and clams, the Freckled Hawkfish is considered a reef safe species but with caution. It is carnivorous and mainly feeds on small meaty animals, such as crustaceans and shrimps. However, in captivity, any fresh or frozen meaty foods suitable for marine carnivores shall be enough. Most hawkfish is usually seen resting on coral heads, waiting for it?s prey. In this species, its color changes several times during its lifetime, juveniles are yellowish and white ventrally whereas the adult is pink, brown, or olive, but the small dark reddish spots on the face is constant throughout its lifetime. The Freckled Hawkfish thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH of 8.1-8.4. It needs a well decorated aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, e.g. caves and crevices to give an opportunity to carry out its natural browsing behavior in captivity. The Freckled Hawkfish is easy to keep that makes it a good choice for a beginner aquarist. It may harass newly introduced fishes in the tank, and should not be housed with timid or docile fishes.
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.