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Freckled Hawkfish
Paracirrhites forsteri
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 2-3 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: Not with shrimp
Diet: Pellet, Meaty
Origin: Hawaii
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:
  
  

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.

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