Flame Hawkfish

Flame Hawkfish

Neocirrhitus armatus

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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: Yes
Invert Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Max Size: 4 inches
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 should be kept in a tank  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 the parameters, 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. 

Ours looks just like the picture. He coexists with a Vilamingi Tang we call Big Boy who eats everything it can, a Yellow Tang, a Black & Yellow, 3 Clownfish and a couple of others we haven't figured out what they are yet along with 60 hermit crabs, starfish and coral and sponge. 'Flamer' as we call him, is everybody's favorite because he is so peculiar...darting, hiding, flirting, and he has no swim bladder so he is not buoyant...and his furious attempts to reach the surface for food from high on the perch of the coral is fun to watch. He is indeed resilient.

Reviewed by: James Brown on June 11, 2020

Love this guy. Beautiful red

Reviewed by: Tylan Hansen on Oct. 2, 2019

Fish came in healthy has great personality and seems friendly with all my fish

Reviewed by: Frank on Aug. 29, 2017

Reviewed by: Dp on Oct. 8, 2014

Reviewed by: Lee Strodthoff on Sept. 15, 2014

Currently Flame Hawkfish does not have any questions and answers.

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