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Longnose Hawkfish
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Longnose Hawkfish
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Size: 2-3.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: Monitor with Shrimp
Diet: Pellet, Flake, Brine
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
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The Longnose Hawkfish features a very long snout, and a tuft of cirri is found near the tip of each dorsal fin that makes it stand out from the rest in an aquarium. The Longnose Hawkfish should not be kept in less than a 30 gallons tank, and lots of rockwork and corals is required for it to perch on. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-79 degrees Fahrenheit. It basically has red and white grid pattern consisting of horizontal and near vertical lines that makes it a beautiful addition to your tank. The Longnose Hawkfish is highly territorial and is aggressive towards other inhabitants unless it is presented in pairs. It requires a well established large tank which should be decorated with able hiding spots. We advise you to introduce this fish last, so that already added fishes can get familiarized with the environment that tends to lower the effects of aggression between them. Do not house the Longnose Hawkfish with small fishes, because this fish may assume them as small snacks. Avoid combining it with strong stinging corals such as sea anemones and Catalaphyllia, because it might kill this fish. The Longnose Hawkfish is predatory and needs carnivore diet in the aquarium. Since it features conical teeth, which is adapted for grasping benthic and free-swimming crustaceans, it most likely eats the small crustaceans present in the tank, such as cleaner shrimp. But often, it does not attack the already present shrimps, but may attack the newly added shrimps. Keep the Longnose Hawkfish on a varied diet such as fresh and frozen foods, dry foods that will enable it to grow properly. The male fish is typically larger as well as more colorful than the females. Due to the absence of swim bladder, it tends to settle on the bottom of the aquarium, and can rest comfortably on even a rubble substrate.
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The Longnose Hawkfish is colored in a red and white netted design. They have a long needle nosed snout which they use in the wild to pull food from tight places. The Longnose Hawk has lots of personality and loves to use its eyes to watch everything that goes on both inside and outside the aquarium. These fish have large pectoral fins which they use to perch on rockwork, gorgonians, and substrate. They will hop from spot to spot in full view waiting to be fed. They make excellent additions to any tank. These fish are solitary in the wild and only one should be kept per tank.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.
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