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The Flame Hawkfish, Neocirrhitus armatus, is also popularly known as the Brilliant Red Hawkfish. It has beautiful bright red slender body with a black dorsal fin. As the Flame Hawkfish grows, the dorsal fin grows longer and also transforms its shape.
The Flame Hawkfish will often be found hidden among the branches of live corals and typically retreat itself deep in the same when frightened. The Flame Hawkfish can grow to 4 inches and should be kept in a tank not less than 30 gallons with plenty of space and rock work to perch on and hop around on, thus keeping live rocks are beneficial.
The Flame Hawkfish is hardy and can tolerate changes in theparameters, therefore makes a very good addition to any reef tank. It may become aggressive towards other smaller community fish and will likely attack any invertebrates such as smaller ornamental Shrimp. Caution is advised if adding to a tank with smaller, bottom dwelling species like Gobies and Blennies, as it spends most of its time near the bottom. But otherwise will act peaceful towards other peaceful reef fish.
It is suggested to provide the Flame Hawkfish with constant moving and well oxygenated water in the reef aquarium. It may lose its vibrant red color in the if not provided with proper nutrition as well. The Flame Hawkfish is carnivorous, but will accept a variety of live, frozen or even dry food, which makes the feeding very easy. Make sure to provide them with a high protein rich diet and vitamin enriched foods to maintain its color throughout and to ensure continued health. The Flame Hawkfish thrives well in 75-80 degree Fahrenheit and a pH of 8.1-8.4.